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Extra Variation

A new fruit fly genome sequence has uncovered additional variation that affects key fly traits.

Still Evolving

A new paper in PNAS finds that people are still evolving, but with increased pressure on weight and decreased pressure on intelligence.

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

The funding will, in part, support efforts to expand the project's catalog of functional elements and understand their roles in different contexts.

The organizations in the consortium will identify, characterize, and catalog human biological molecules affected by physical activity in volunteer biosamples.

The projects focus on early treatment of prostate cancer and cataloguing mutations in difficult-to-diagnose diseases, among other things. 

The funding is part of the NHGRI Genome Technology Program, which promotes new methods, technology, and instruments for sequencing and functional genomics.

The technology uses DNAzyme-based sensors, fluorescent biomarkers, and a high-throughput particle counter to rapid identify rare targets in complex raw samples.

The scientists have adapted a technology first developed in fruit flies to spread malarial resistance genes in the Asian mosquito species A. stephensi.

Using funds from the California precision medicine initiative, the group will use its bioinformatics expertise to match patients to treatments in pediatric clinical trials.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.