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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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.