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If you've had trouble explaining the pros and cons of direct-to-consumer genetic testing to your family, this will help: the Indianapolis Star has a story on the budding field, featuring interviews with people who have signed up for these services as well as with scientists. The story quotes Indiana University geneticist Gail Vance as saying, "People need to understand it's an evolving science. ...

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.