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In Science this week, a team led by Harvard University researchers reported the sequencing of 99 Ebola virus genomes from infected patients in the current outbreak in West Africa. By comparing the data with Ebola sequence data from past outbreaks, the scientists determined that this year's outbreak likely spread from a previous one in Middle Africa during the last 10 years.

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In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.