This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team led by Whitehead Institute researchers reports that some volunteers who donate genome sequence information can be identified using publicly available information, raising privacy concerns. By profiling short tandem repeats on the Y chromosome and mining recreational genetic genealogy databases, the investigators show that surnames can be recovered from personal genomes.

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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.