NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising all members of the 'Baby Boom' generation to get tested for Hepatitis C Virus using HCV antibody tests (anti-HCV) and urged physicians to perform a molecular test as a follow up for those who test positive for the virus.

An estimated one in 30 baby boomers — the generation born between 1945 and 1965 — has been infected with HCV unknowingly, leading to "an unrecognized health crisis" that affects around 3.2 million Americans, according to the CDC.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

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