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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Republican legislators in the House are pushing ahead H.R. 1313, which they say aims to incentivize employees to partake in workplace wellness programs.

Leaders in the genomics field are concerned that any short-term gains the bill may have on encouraging better health and reducing costs would not be worth the crippling effects it could have on the space, particularly at a time when big data studies and data sharing are taking off.

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The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.

The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.

In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.