Here's a piece from Technology Review about how scientists are putting DNA sequences to work as odor detectors. "Scientists have found a way to quickly identify which DNA sequences are ideal for detecting a particular odor," the story says. A researcher talks about putting those sequences on a microarray to conduct high-throughput smell-sensing. Such a system could be used to detect toxins, explosives, and a wide range of chemicals, according to the article.

 

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.