This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory-led team publishes an improved maize reference genome, which was assembled and annotated using single-molecule real-time sequencing and high-resolution optical mapping. Relative to the previous reference genome, the new assembly features a 52-fold increase in contig length, as well as significant improvements in the assembly of intergenic spaces and centromeres.

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In PLOS this week: grey wolf population genomics, mutations associated with lung adenocarcinoma survival, and more.

An opinion piece at Bloomberg discusses China's stance on genomic research.

Genetic ancestry testing can affect a person's sense of identity, the New York Times Magazine writes.

Nebula Genomics is launching its genome sequencing service for free for people who provide certain information about themselves, the Boston Globe reports.