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Here's a good reality check for how consumers perceive your nanotech research: this article from AlterNet looks at whether the benefits of nanotechnology make up for the risks. Even though nanoparticles are continuously popping up in more and more consumer goods -- they're found in everything from sunscreens and cosmetics to air fresheners and shoe liners, the article writes -- reports have linked them to toxicity in both humans and fish.

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The General Data Protection Regulation has slowed some data sharing with non-European researchers as they find ways to comply with the law, ScienceInsider reports.

A bioethicist from Abertay University uses a utilitarian approach to justify genetically modifying the human germline, the BBC reports.

The US has upgraded its network of public health labs to provide whole-genome sequencing to track antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Quartz reports.

In Science this week: approach to visualize 3D genome structure in single cells, RNA interference knockdown screens to examine genetic origins of beetle horns and insect wings,  and more.