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Researchers at Cornell's campus in Qatar have mapped the date palm genome, according to the Gulf Times. "We have generated a draft DNA sequence and initial assembly of the date palm," Joel Malek says, a project that involved using next-gen sequencers. He and his colleagues are working to expand the draft sequence but in the meantime say their work will be made available to other researchers.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

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At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

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