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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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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.