This Week in Science

In this week's Science, researchers from the Synthetic Yeast genome Project — who previously reported constructing a single yeast chromosome — publish seven studies detailing the creation of five more, a major step toward the creation of the first fully synthetic complex organism.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.