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Mice in New York harbor both antibiotic-resistant bacteria and novel viruses, according to a new analysis of their fecal microbiomes.

Retraction Watch reports that the Nature Methods paper finding off-target effects of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing machinery has been retracted.

The health system hopes to pair the data with nearly three decades worth of electronic health records as well as medical histories provided by contributors.

In a pilot study of 92 individuals with familial or suspected genetic chronic kidney disease, researchers successfully diagnosed 24 percent of cases with exome sequencing.

In PLOS this week: de novo mutations in epileptic encephalopathy, sequencing analysis of aromatic rice, and more.

Using a portable DNA sequencer and a Bayesian algorithm, researchers reported being able to reidentify humans from DNA within minutes of sequencing.

The funding will support three research centers and a data management and coordinating center investigating myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Verge is working with four academic institutions to create a broad resource for the translation of preclinical models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research.

Despite years of experience of returning genetic test results, clinicians and researchers are still faced with many questions, such as what to do about VUS and secondary findings.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.