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Over on his blog, John Hawks discusses what it means to be human — he says all humans share their evolutionary history. People may not share any genes with their 20th cousin, he says, but they still share that same history. Blogger RPM, though, isn't sure that's true, depending on what definition of "gene" Hawks was going for.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.