NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An asexual invertebrate species that can survive harsh environmental conditions seems to owe at least some of its biochemical prowess to genes acquired from other organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and elsewhere used transcriptome sequencing to look at the extent to which foreign genes obtained by horizontal gene transfer are used by the bdelloid rotifer Adineta ricciae, a tiny, stress and desiccation-resistant invertebrate that reproduces asexually.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.

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