This Week in Nature

In Nature Biotechnology this week, a Stanford University team reports on the use of next-generation sequencing to study bacterial diversity in gut microbiomes. The team used a long-read sequencing approach called TruSeq Synthetic Long-Read sequencing, combining it with computational tools for metagenomic long-read assembly. They identified 178 bacterial species, including 51 that were previously uncharacterized, and discovered greater-than-expected diversity within microbial strains.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.