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Clamping Down on DNA in France, Opening Up GMOs in Europe

Here's a story to warm the cockles of all non-French hearts. France's parliament just passed a bill that "introduces tighter curbs on foreigners hoping to join relatives in France -- including possible DNA tests," according to this story from BBC. (The DNA tests would be used to prove an applicant's relation to someone already living in the country.) Supporters say this will help speed up approval for legitimate applicants, the article says, but "critics have attacked the law as racist and questioned the use of genetics as a basis for being allowed into France."

In totally unrelated news, the European Union authorized imports of the first GMO crop products since 1998. The four newly permitted crops -- three varities of maize and a sugar beet -- may be used in food or animal feed, according to this wire story. The decision comes as a result of a default legal process that takes over when EU ministers can't come to consensus on an issue after three months, the article says.

 

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.