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The genotyping test offered by 23andMe can reveal genetic quirks ranging from earwax type to Alzheimer's disease risk, notes Elizabeth Murphy at Fast Company. Murphy writes under a pseudonym as she recounts getting herself and her daughter tested by 23andMe.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.