Here's the front cover to this weeks Nature featuring an image by Kelly Krause (@kellybkrause), Nature's Creative Director. It is a wonderful picture which manages to blend both Man and Mouse with the DNA helix as the mouse's tail, a lovely detail.
The Mouse ENCODE projects joins ENCODE and modENCODE, the scale of the data generation and analysis in these combined projects is staggering. Ewan Birney (lead analysis coordinator for ENCODE) described the efforts over five years of 400 scientists for the first ENCODE project on his blog. The fact that we can attempt big-data projects like this and succeed is a testament to the power of Genomics & Next-Generation Sequencing (the next best thing to sliced-bread).