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Over at A Vote for Science, Michael Stebbins blogs about Francis Collins' endorsement of Barack Obama. While that's not much of a surprise, Stebbins says the op-ed piece Collins wrote is "perhaps the most reasoned and dignified explanation of a political endorsement that I have ever read." The newspaper hasn't made the column available online, but Stebbins links to a scanned copy if you'd like to read it.

 

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

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.