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The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog reports that the Massachusetts legislature has upheld a law that restricts pharmaceutical and medical device companies from giving gifts to doctors. The blog's Katherine Hobson says there had been a push in June to have the ban repealed on the grounds that it "had negative economic effects and resulted in perceived hostility to the health-care industry." However, Hobson says, the ban stands.

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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.