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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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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

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