Over her 12 years as a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Elaine Ostrander managed to elevate dog genomics from the level of curiosity to serious contender in the realm of comparative genomics. Along the way, she helped establish maps of dog genes and markers, and ultimately aided in the production of a white paper in 2002 that paved the way for the draft sequencing of the boxer genome completed last summer.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.