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Living DNA Genealogy and Wellbeing Kits

Living DNA has launched two new kits to provide customers with genealogy and wellbeing information. The company's $49 or £49 Starter DNA Kit is designed for individuals who are interested in DNA testing but are unsure about what type of test to take, the company said. Using a mouth swab sample, it provides a high-level global view of a customer's ancestry, the ability to find DNA matches with others worldwide, and wellbeing reports focused on supporting diet and exercise. The company's $129 or £129 Wellbeing Kit, meantime, provides detailed reports including lifestyle-related advice on vitamin levels and deficiencies, metabolism, response to food components such as glucose and lactose, and fitness and exercise response. The new offerings join Living DNA's existing $99/£99 Ancestry Kit.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.