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The Economist reports on work done by Peter Davies and published in PLoS ONE this week that shows that lateral gene transfer probably occurred in herring, smelt, and sea raven. Davies looked across genomes for an antifreeze protein and found that the three fish species share one lectin-like AFP in particular, but don't share a common ancestor.

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Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.