BGI said this week that it has joined Shenzhen Third People's Hospital, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Zteict Technology to ink a memorandum of understanding with Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil for research into preventing and controlling infectious diseases in China and Brazil. The parties will build a platform for research and prevention of infectious diseases in Shenzhen and Rio de Janeiro.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.