Far ahead of schedule, and with a large new cash infusion, the International HapMap Consortium may be set to finally change the balance of the pharmacogenomics world.

The information the HapMap Project places in the public trust may render obsolete some proprietary databases, while boosting the availability of drug targets. The consortium said this week that its first draft is expected to be ready by the end of this month — eight months ahead of time.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.