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A New York Times article introduces Spore, a new video game that lets players model the step-by-step evolution of creatures they build. Created by Sims designer Will Wright and produced by game giant EA, Spore "promises much more than the day-to-day adventures of simulated people," writes Carl Zimmer.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.