All the DNA on Earth

There are some 50 trillion trillion trillion DNA base pairs on Earth, the New York Times reports.

A trio of researchers from the University of Edinburgh sought to calculate all the DNA in the biosphere as part of study of biodiversity.

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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.