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Blue-ear disease, also known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, is spreading through the Chinese pig population, depleting stocks and causing concern that Chinese officials are down-playing the severity of the virus, says the New York Times.

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A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.