In a project that uncharacteristically takes IBM Life Sciences outside the scope of human health, Big Blue has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to use population genomics in a study of human migration patterns. It wasn’t IBM’s idea, however. National Geographic approached IBM back in the fall of 2003 for help in managing the estimated $40 million effort, called the Genographic Project, which aims to apply SNP and gene marker analysis in indigenous populations to studying how humans populated the globe.

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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.