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Continuing its grand tradition of open access, PLoS One launched a rating system for papers that promises to encourage community involvement. Here's a blog post from Chris Surridge at PLoS explaining the rating system and why it's important. And at his Tree of Life blog, Jonathan Eisen has a post on his first use of the PLoS ratings and why you should go try it out yourself.

 

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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.