Two research teams have sequenced foxtail millet, a domesticated grass that is closely related to switchgrass, and that may be a model for crop and biofuel research.

In two separate Nature Biotechnology papers, both groups describe assemblies that are slightly larger than 400 megabases, and a genome with about 24,000 to 39,000 genes. Additionally, the groups note a number of transposable elements and chromosome reshuffling events in the Setaria genome.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.