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The HeLa Genome Access Working Group has approved four access requests for use of the HeLa genome, the Nature News blog reports.

The working group, which consists of scientists, physicians, bioethicists, and members of the Lacks family, was created in August to allow researchers to use HeLa genomic data while taking the concerns of Henrietta Lacks' family into consideration.

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A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.

In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.