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A new bioinformatic approach for discovering biologically active small molecules encoded in the human microbiome is described in Science this week. Called MetaBGC — short for metagenomic identifier of biosynthetic gene clusters — the method is based on a novel computational algorithm that detects  biosynthetic gene clusters de novo from metagenomic sequencing data.

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An Associated Press report says China refrained from releasing the SARS-CoV-2 genome for more than a week in January, frustrating the World Health Organization.

The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine have issued expressions of concern regarding the data used in two COVID-19 papers, the New York Times reports. 

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the mayfly, garnering insight into how insects evolved wings, Science reports.

In Genome Research this week: gene expression in primate brain regions, inversions and breakpoint inverted repeats in the human genome, and more.