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Do It on Purpose?

A team of researchers says introducing microbes to Mars is inevitable and should be done proactively, Business Insider reports.

Not for a While

In a court filing, lawyers say Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO of Theranos, hasn't paid them in a year, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: bioinformatic method to tease out biologically active small molecules encoded in the human microbiome, and more.

The Trump Administration plans to add DNA samples from individuals in immigration custody to the FBI crime database, the New York Times reports.

The Washington Post reports the loss of staff following USDA agencies' move has affected their ability to release and conduct reports and allot funding.

Bit Too Casual

According to CBS News, US National Academy of Sciences had to take down a video and tweet it posted earlier this week on gene editing.

In Nature this week: researchers map evolution of monarch butterfly's resistance to cardiac glycoside toxins, and more.

A new report finds that 3 percent of grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health involve at least one researcher with a financial conflict of interest, ScienceInsider says.

Couldn't Re-Do It

The Scientist reports that a new study was unable to replicate one from 2012 that reported a link between genetic variants and brain function.

Researchers have found that dogs' behavioral traits are influences by their breeds' genetic makeup, Science News reports.

In Genome Biology this week: a quantitative MNase-seq approach to map nucleosomes, evaluation of nearly two dozen single-cell transcriptomics-based methods, and more.

Joachim Messing Dies

Joachim Messing, the director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University, has died at 73, the New York Times reports.

To Plead Guilty

Rep. Chris Collins is to plead guilty insider trading charges stemming from his role with Innate Immunotherapeutics, the Washington Post reports.

Needs Plan Acceptance

Bloomberg reports that whether a Russian researcher moves ahead with his plan to edit the genomes of embryos may depend upon Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In PNAS this week: cell line to assay myotonic dystrophy type 1 therapies, gene involved in rice architecture, and more.

On Twitter, University of California, Berkeley's Rasmus Nielsen says an error was uncovered in the analysis he and a colleague performed.

Charges Filed

Arrests have been made and charges filed in connection with a genetic testing fraud scheme, Reuters reports.

Researchers in the UK are bracing for Brexit by stockpiling some supplies, according to the New Scientist.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of Iranian ethnic groups, genome-wide methylation analysis of cataracts among giant pandas, and more.

Two lawsuits represent two sides of genetic testing, the Economist writes: to know or not your risk of developing disease.

A gene variant might make some people more susceptible to severe capnocytophaga infections, the Associated Press reports.

A Japanese Kobe beef industry group is to begin using DNA testing to fight against fake Kobe beef, according to Kyodo News.

In Science this week: four reviews examine what's known about the associations between genotype and phenotype, and more.

The Justice Department has issued an interim policy governing the use of genetic genealogy, according to CNET.

To Get Them Enrolled

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe is partnering with clinical trial firm TrialSpark to address low recruitment into clinical trials.


The New York Times reports on an effort to address in high school biology classes misconceptions regarding race and genetics.

60 Minutes speaks with Harvard's George Church about tackling the effects of aging and more.

In PLOS this week: rare alterations in Timothy syndrome, analysis of twins' gut microbiomes, and more.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.