Lawrence Moore and Emily Sherlock, from the Genomics Law Report, examine whether federal regulations, such as HIPPAA and GINA, affect direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms. First, they discuss whether DTC companies are covered by HIPAA, though, at first glance, it looks like these companies aren't involved in healthcare.

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Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.