Craig Venter is the wave of the future, says Salon. Groundbreaking scientists have moved from being gentlemen-scientists (Charles Darwin) to professors (James Watson) and now to intellectual entrepreneurs (Venter). In Venter's case, though, Salon points out that it was a turbulent ride from surfer to Vietnam medic to the NIH and beyond.

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.