The Seven Stones blog points out that James Watson's racist remarks comes at a time of exploding interest into natural human genetic variation through genomic studies. In Nature in the past few weeks there have been at lest seven papers concentrating on human variation. "The extraordinary development of the field of human genomics will inevitably lead to important questions on the social and ethical implications of this research.

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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.