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California's flurry of cease-and-desist letters to 13 genetic testing companies (including 23andMe) has whipped the blogosphere into a frenzy. As GTO noted Monday, the sticking point is that the state governs genetic tests as medical services, and requires that a doctor be involved in ordering the test and dishing out the results.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.