A sensitive nuclear magnetic resonance setup could easily take up a room — just think of the analogous magnetic resonance imaging machines in hospitals. Not only does it take up that much space, but it requires an expensive magnet and, often, cryogenics. Recently, however, researchers in Berkeley and Boulder teamed up to miniaturize this bulky process and take the magnet out of the equation by bringing together microfluidics, atomic magnetometry, and optics.

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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.

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