NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genealogy firm Family Tree DNA has challenged the constitutionality of Alaska's Genetic Privacy Act on the grounds that the statute is so vague in its definitions of terms, such as "DNA analysis," "disclosure," and "informed consent," that the firm cannot know how to comply with the law.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.