Being the last TrendSpotter column of the year gives me the privilege of looking back on how our industry fared in 2001—not universally a pleasant task. It also gives me the opportunity to look at the road ahead, which also may be perilous in certain places.

 

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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.