Nature's Helen Shen reports that California is considering passing a genetic privacy bill that many researchers say would have a detrimental effect on their ability to do their work. The bill, called the Genetic Information Privacy Act, would require that patients or study participants give individual written consent for the collection, analysis, and sharing of their genetic information, Shen says.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.