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Neuroscientists at MIT and Max Planck are developing new imaging techniques and computer algorithms to automate the process of creating neural maps, an emerging field dubbed connectomics, reports Technology Review. At the annual Society for Neurosciences meeting, they presented work that showed a 3D reconstruction of part of the rabbit retina.

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

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.