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This story from the New York Times reports on preliminary indications that toxic chemicals in the water in India may be responsible for genetic mutations in the population. The toxins include arsenic and mercury, and the story says that people in the affected area of Punjab are showing high rates of cancer as well as other diseases. Some 65 percent of people tested had mutated DNA, according to the article.

 

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.