We all know that large-scale biology means large-scale data, but unless you’ve got a degree in computer science in your back pocket, making sense of that data can be downright intimidating. Just how much computer programming experience and skill does today’s biologist need, and what are the most useful tools to have?

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.