It was somehow fitting that the year’s major HapMap announcement came in a city known for its leading family history data resources. In Salt Lake City last fall, 21 representatives of the International HapMap Project led a press conference to announce the completion of the first phase of the project.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.