On the Gene Expression blog, Razib offers a post in which he says, "If there is one thing that casts a pall over the rise of genomic technology and its applications, it is the eugenics movement." His post reminds readers that even as genomic technologies become better and better, we shouldn't forget that there are always bad guys who will use it for the wrong thing.

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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.

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

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