Researchers from Croatia and Spain describe a tool called ProTraits that brings together genetic and phenotypic information related to hundreds of traits in thousands of species of archaea and bacteria. The site currently contains annotations for more than 3,000 species, the team says, spanning some 57,088 gene-trait links inferred with the help of comparative genomics, metagenomics, proteome patterns, and other data types.

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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.

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