It's not just financial systems that experience bubbles, reports the arXiv blog. Another recent bubble was the Human Genome Project, say Monika Gisler and her colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. They say that the project generated high expectations — to revolutionize medicine and change society — which got the US government to invest in the effort.

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of intra-tumor heterogeneity, workflow resources for EPIGEN-Brazil, and more.