Lawmakers in the US have made a bipartisan proposal to change the nation's immigration laws, including rules governing visas for skilled scientific workers, The New York Times reports. One bill, which was introduced in the Senate earlier this week by Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), would increase the number of temporary and permanent resident visas available for such immigrants.

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of intra-tumor heterogeneity, workflow resources for EPIGEN-Brazil, and more.