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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions this week held a hearing on CRISPR genome editing, with senators from both parties quizzing three witnesses from Stanford University, Editas Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on the latest scientific advances, ethical concerns, and possible regulatory approaches to the breakthrough technology.

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St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.