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Instead of using ever-stronger antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, the US government's military research division — DARPA — wants to try something else, says New Scientist. Since bacteria can adapt and find ways to resist antibiotics, DARPA wants to use adaptable nanotherapeutics based on siRNAs, which would be programmed to find specific genes in the bacteria and silence them.

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Oil made from gene-edited soybeans is already in use, according to the Associated Press.

Mother Jones reports there are few regulations overseeing the use of genetic genealogy by law enforcement.

USA Today reports that Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with Sanford Health to provide veterans with genetic testing.

In Science this week: analysis of ancient DNA recovered from Iberian populations, and more.