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A new report examines increased threats to scientific independence in the US, the Guardian reports.

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Biomarkers could some day be used to identify military personnel who might benefit from post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, Scientific American reports.

The NAM, NAS, and Royal Society have formed a commission to develop a framework on the proper use of genome editing, and convened its first meeting in Washington, DC, this week.

Consumer genomics companies have endeavored to reach out to minority communities with sometimes contentious results.

Common non-coding variants, along with rarer coding alterations, appear to contribute to a developmental disease with bowel and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

The machine-learning-based method identifies relationships between bacterial strains and tracks their movements in less time, using less memory than existing solutions. 

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

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The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

Statisticians are often asked by researchers to manipulate data, Bloomberg reports.

A pair of economists uses genetic attainment scores to examine the effect of parental income on the success of their children.

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Nature News reports that gene therapy approaches are tackling sickle cell disease, but that the cost of treatment is a concern.

The Washington Post reports that a US Senate committee voted this week to approve the nomination of Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

One gene regulates hundreds of others to influence facial development, according to New Scientist.

In Nature this week: resources for single-cell analysis, little overlap in the microRNAs used by Salmonella and Shigella to infect host cells, and more.