Medical Research Council and Harvard College have been awarded US Patent No. 9,186,643, "In vitro evolution in microfluidic systems."
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.
CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.
The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.
In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.