A post at Medgadget checks in at the Mayo Clinic, where researchers are using mega computer power to model infectious diseases like bird flu, SARS, and malaria in an effort to understand exactly how the infections run their course, including the structures of enzymes that play a role.

 

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.