In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, James Mullen, CEO of Biogen Idec and chairman of BIO, recounts the successes of the biotech industry while warning that "a witch's brew of initiatives" currently proposed by US lawmakers could have a serious impact on the field.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.