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Dirty Genomes

About 20 percent of nonhuman genomes — including crop plants and model organisms — held in databases are "contaminated" by human DNA, reports The New York Times' Nicholas Wade. Presumably, the researchers who prepared the samples are the ones who accidentally deposited their DNA, according to the University of Connecticut researchers who discovered this effect while looking for a human virus. Organisms like C.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.