The Earth's microbiome plays a role in keeping the planet balanced for life, writes the University of Arizona's Raina Maier in a guest blog at Scientific American. The air, she notes, is only breathable because microbes began photosynthesizing and releasing oxygen.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.