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Yahoo Japan will be selling a direct-to-consumer genetic testing kit beginning next month, reports MIT's Technology Review. The test, called GeneLife2012, costs ¥29,800 and evaluates variants linked to disease risk. Tech Review notes that Yahoo Japan will only handle the marketing and that Tokyo-based Genesis Health Care will conduct all testing.

The Japan Times adds that Japanese laws regarding selling genetic tests to consumers are unclear.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.