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Over at Genetic Future, Daniel MacArthur writes about the promises and challenges of big genetics. This year, he writes, we'll see major data releases from several large-scale projects, including the 1,000 Genomes Project and the Cancer Genome Atlas, and disease genetics consortia such as the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, GIANT, and dozens of other groups.

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The Guardian reports that the Mammalian Genetics Unit at the Harwell Institute is to close.

Scientific research itself contributes to plastic waste and isn't very sustainable, FiveThirtyEight reports.

Restaurants in the US may soon serve AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon, according to the Associated Press.

In Science this week: three studies from the Ruminant Genome Project, and more.