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Excuse Us, John and Barack, But Do You Have Time for a Cheek Swab?

Just when you thought you couldn't possibly learn more about the presidential candidates, here comes the Wall Street Journal to let you know that in future elections, DNA information may have a key role. The article says:

In the coming era of personal genomics -- when we all can decode our genes cheaply and easily -- political candidates may be pressed to disclose their own DNA, like tax returns or lists of campaign contributors, as voters seek new ways to weigh a leader's medical and mental fitness for public office.

The story quotes George Church as saying, "I would be shocked if Americans and people in other countries don't want this type of data" about political candidates. "These are real facts, just as real as bank accounts and the influence of political action committees or family members."

And speaking of George, here's an article from Tech Review about how stem-cell lines will be created from his and the other PGP participants' cells and made available worldwide.


The Scan

Back as Director

A court has reinstated Nicole Boivin as director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Science reports.

Research, But Implementation?

Francis Collins reflects on his years as the director of the US National Institutes of Health with NPR.

For the False Negatives

The Guardian writes that the UK Health Security Agency is considering legal action against the lab that reported thousands of false negative COVID-19 test results.

Genome Biology Papers Present Epigenetics Benchmarking Resource, Genomic Architecture Maps of Peanuts, More

In Genome Biology this week: DNA methylation data for seven reference cell lines, three-dimensional genome architecture maps of peanut lines, and more.