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Researchers in Germany and Taiwan were apparently unsatisfied with the various existing uses for salmon and decided to find a new function for the tasty fish, or at least its DNA. Mixing salmon DNA with silver nanoparticles and electrodes, the researchers created a "write-once-read-many-times" data storage device, reports Gizmag's Ben Coxworth.

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The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.

James Wyngaarden, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, has died at 94, according to Duke University School of Medicine.

Researchers find that a 30-year-old skull comes from a narwhal-beluga hybrid, according to Science News.

In Nature this week: study of value diversity in GWAS, Epstein-Barr virus subtypes linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma risk, and more.