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The US Justice Department is investigating hiring practices at tech and biotech companies, including Google, Apple, Yahoo, and Genentech, says the New York Times. The antitrust investigation is looking into whether there is a gentleman's agreement among the companies to not actively recruit each other's employees. "Most companies have a hands-off list," says Ken Perluss, a former director for talent acquisition at Yahoo.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.