NEW YORK, July 16 – Chile’s state-owned copper miner Codelco has announced plans to launch the Chile Genome Initiative, a project that will use gene sequencing to develop new strains of bacteria that can be used for commercial mining, Dow Jones reported.

Organizers of the initiative have invited private companies to join the “bio-mining” program, which is hoping to raise another $2.5 million from private investors, Dow Jones reported.

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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.