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Science policy analysts from Harvard and Georgia Tech want society to play a bigger role in research, says this UPI wire story, though how they want to include the community in directing science goals and projects isn't quite clear. Also worth noting: one researcher points out that there is a "current negative public perception surrounding the human genome project."

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NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.