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Martin Enserink at ScienceInsider reports that Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the newly confirmed EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science, spoke with reporters on Wednesday and that she “promised to tackle all of the intractable problems in EU science policy — but she avoided going into details.” Geoghegan-Quinn, an Irish politician, acknowledged her lack of experience in science and science policy, according to Enserink, but maintained that it would be an advantage, say

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.