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The New York Times reports on the visa crunch here in the US, leading off with a look at microRNA researcher Alena Shkumatava at the Whitehead Institute. Shkumatava "is among the several hundred thousand students who need a visa to study in the United States," the article says.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.