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Esteemed Australian scientist Suzanne Cory has had a great few years, according to The Age: In 2004, she was elected to the Vatican's 400-year-old Pontifical Academy of Sciences; French president Nicolas Sarkozy named her a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur last year; and in May, she was the first woman to be elected president of the Australian Academy of Science.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.