That Pesky Last Bit

When the human genome was declared finished in 2003, it was actually 99 percent done, writes Harold "Skip" Garner from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in a Scientific American blog post. He argues that now's the time to fully complete the job.

That unfinished 1 percent hasn't been done because it's tricky — most of it is housed within repetitive sequences and are near telomeres or centromeres.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.