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A paper published this week in The Royal Society's journal Biology Letters reveals genetic evidence for the illegal trade of protected whales in Japan, linked to the US and South Korea. An international research team, led by C. Scott Baker at Oregon State University, used mtDNA barcoding techniques to trace the origins of whale meat purchased in restaurants in Los Angeles and Seoul in 2009.

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Oil made from gene-edited soybeans is already in use, according to the Associated Press.

USA Today reports that Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with Sanford Health to provide veterans with genetic testing.

Mother Jones reports there are few regulations overseeing the use of genetic genealogy by law enforcement.

In Science this week: analysis of ancient DNA recovered from Iberian populations, and more.