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On their way out of a shop or restaurant, thieves in Rotterdam may be sprayed with a fine mist that marks them with synthetic DNA as suspects, reports the New York Times. The mist is employee-activated and not only showers the suspects with store-specific synthetic DNA, but also alerts the authorities to the robbery-in-progress.

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A small, early-stage trial of a combination therapy for brain cancer reports favorable responses in two patients, according to the Guardian.

Nature News writes that viral genomic surveillance in the US faces systemic issues.

President Joe Biden is seeking an increase in federal spending, including higher budgets for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In PLOS this week: sex-stratified genome-wide association study of chronic pain, sequencing data from Indigenous Mexican groups, and more.