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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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.