A team of researchers published a study last September describing efforts to measure the biodiversity of an area by collecting soil samples and sequencing the DNA from the various skin, scales, and waste samples present. Now, says Nature News' Ewen Callaway, researchers are collecting DNA from bloodsucking leeches to find DNA from a rare Asian antelope called the saola.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.