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New work done by the University of Washington's Evan Eichler and Franck Polleux at the Scripps Institute shows that when modern human diverged from australopithecines 2.5 million years ago, a single gene made copies of itself and changed the way human brains would develop, reports New Scientist's Sara Reardon.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

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