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The rise of the eco-tourist has led to the Galápagos Islands being added to UNESCO's danger list, reports the New York Times. Between 1990 and 2006, the number of visitors to the archipelago rose 250 percent. The Galápagos now has 748 introduced plant species -- as compared to 500 native ones --  that the Darwin Foundation says could have "severe impacts [on] native biodiversity."

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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.