Over at Gene Expression, blogger p-ter wonders whether growing concerns about avoiding any kind of research that could be considered prejudicial will ultimately hinder scientists' understanding of how groups from various ethnic and geographic backgrounds really do differ on the genomic level. P-ter cites a scientist on a review panel who panned a grant application because it was looking at whether response to HIV treatment was different among groups that were predominantly black or white.

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Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

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