Secrets of the Cell

Billionaire Paul Allen has launched a new institute, this one aimed at examining the inner workings of the cell, Nature News reports.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, plans to give $100 million to the new Allen Institute for Cell Science, which is being shaped in the image of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.