A Year Ago

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In GT’s cover story a year ago, we looked at the role genomics was playing in bioterror defense. Since then, funding for genomics defense projects has skyrocketed and looks like it will continue to do so, and research into pathogens stayed front and center. TIGR kept working on the anthrax genome, finding new markers with partner Northern Arizona University that differentiated the various samples sent around the US last October from known strains.

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The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

DARPA is working on developing algorithms that gauge the credibility of research findings, Wired reports.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends all women diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, the Washington Post says.

In Science this week: comparison of modern, historical rabbit exomes uncovers parallel evolution after myxoma virus exposure; and more.