A year and a half ago, the $100 million International HapMap Project kicked off with the goal of dividing the entire human genome into neat “blocks” containing groups of SNPs that tend to travel together. At the halfway point of the three-year project, it turns out that the genome is a bit more complicated than originally expected, but the map is still on track for initial release within several months, according to one of the project’s leaders.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.