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A fertility clinic in Los Angeles says it will soon offer couples a choice of gender and physical traits in the PGD process. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis has been used since the 1990s to help couples screen for embryos with fatal genetic defects, but this takes that process to a new level thanks to advances in genetic research. While the director of the Fertility Institutes clinic says it's "cosmetic medicine," it will probably face strong mainstream opposition, says an article in the Wall Street Journal.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.