Perhaps it was a stroke of luck for Stephen Scherer that the Canadian government opted not to fund genome sequencing at the start of the industry. A senior scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, he has been working on chromosome 7 of the human genome since the 1980s, at first through his studies of the cystic fibrosis gene. By the ’90s, his lab was mapping the chromosome — but when the sequencing phase of the HGP kicked off, Scherer never got the money to participate.

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

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