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Blogger Petermr talks about a lecture he gave yesterday at the RSC meeting on open data in chemistry, which he fully supports. Some of his main points: data are different from text, data matter, and data must be open. He predicts that formal aggregators will be phased out in the next five years, and is of the opinion that publishers have to make a decision. "'Mumble' is no good.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.