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In five years, Biopolis in Singapore has grown to 1,000 scientists, and it’s not lacking in scientific output: the number of papers produced at the flagship Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology grew from 82 in 2000 to 165 in 2006, and Singapore’s Genome Institute became the first in the world to sequence the SARS virus in 2003.

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

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

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.