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After years of work, researchers identified a new species of leopard frog in New York City and surrounding counties, reports The New York Times' Lisa Foderaro. Rutgers University doctoral candidate Jeremy Feinberg first noticed the frog's distinctive vocalization on a trip through Staten Island in 2009, Foderaro says. "[He] heard something strange as he listened for the distinctive mating call of the southern leopard frog — usually a repetitive chuckle.

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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.