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The 12-Year Probation

The Guardian reports on a response from Sir Alec Jeffreys, known for his pioneering work in DNA fingerprinting, to the recent UK government ruling that it will keep DNA samples from innocent people in databanks for up to 12 years. Jeffreys is quoted as saying, "It seems to be as about as minimal a response to the European court of human rights judgment as one could conceive.

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Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

In Nature this week: a method called cis-X combines whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing data to identify regulatory noncoding variants, and more.