Deepak Singh has a post at bbgm alerting readers that open source tool Ruby on Rails and Merb will be merging. "Ruby and Ruby web frameworks are likely to be an increasingly visible part of the scientific software world in the coming years," Deepak writes.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.