The Alien Genome

Forget sending humans to Mars, Craig Venter and Jonathan Rothberg want to send sequencers to the red planet, according to Technology Review.

Venter, speaking at the Wired Health Conference in New York, said that his company Synthetic Genomics and the J. Craig Venter Institute plan to "develop a machine capable of sequencing and beaming back DNA data from Mars," Tech Review reports.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.