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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) proposed an up-front cash prize system to reward inventors and encourage innovation, reports Slate. Though this system might spur work to aid neglected populations and could eliminate drug monopolies and licensing fees, it is problematic -- especially because of its estimated $80 billion a year cost.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.