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Carl Zimmer realized that the watermarks the Venter team left in their synthetic organism will be reduced to gibberish over a few generations. The marks were added to non-protein-coding spots which are not only subject to random mutations but also can be spliced into fragments or totally removed from the genome by transposons.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.