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An editorial in Nature argues that the worries over genetically modified crops will be "costly and wasteful" in Africa. The African Union gathered a group, including Tewolde Egziabher of Ethiopia's Environmental Protection Authority, Calestous Juma, a Harvard professor of international development, Cheick Modibo Diarra the chairman of Microsoft in Africa, that found that Africa needs new agricultural technologies, with safeguards in place.

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Researchers tie a variant in ADAMTS3 to breathing difficulties in dissimilar dog breeds, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

Parents of children with rare genetic disease have to contend with shifts in the interpretation of genetic variants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Japan Times reports that researchers sequenced the genome of a woman who lived during the Jomon period.

In Science this week: single-nucleus RNA sequencing of brain tissue from individuals with autism, and more.