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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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Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

In Science this week: genetic overlap among many psychiatric disorders, and more.

The Economist writes that an increasing number of scientific journals don't do peer review.