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Lot to Handle

In an editorial, the New York Times examines issues the new US Food and Drug Administration commissioner is to face.

The UK's chief scientific advisor calls for more scientists to be part of the British civil service, the Guardian says.

In PLOS this week: role for TWIST1 gene expression in vascular disease risk, new Campylobacter species, and more.

A Florida lawmaker is introducing a bill to prevent life and long-term care insurance companies from using genetic data in coverage decisions, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

University of California, Davis researchers describe ways that genetic genealogy databases could be "hacked."

Data Gathering

PBS NewsHour reports on efforts to sequence more people to fuel personalized medicine.

In Science this week: inefficiencies in negotiating data-use agreements can delay research, and more. 

Sequencing analysis has tied a new coronavirus to the pneumonia outbreak occurring in China, Vox reports.

David Hogness Dies

David Hogness, a Stanford University biochemist whose work brought together molecular biology and genetics, has died at 94.

In Nature this week: computational approach to find mosaic mutations in sequencing data, and more.

The Moon?

Stat News reports that Patrick Soon-Shiong's Cancer MoonShot 2020 effort has not seen much progress.

Predators' Effects

A new analysis finds that articles published in "predatory" journals do not receive many citations, ScienceInsider reports.

Hans Kornberg Dies

The Guardian reports that Hans Kornberg, a biochemist who studied how organisms turn food and oxygen into energy and mass, has died at the age of 91.

In Genome Biology this week: chromosome evolution analysis of the giant panda, somatic mutations in healthy tissues, and more.

Starting Soon

The Verge reports that the US will begin pilot programs to collect DNA from individuals detained at the border this week.

Editing Ethics

Dalhousie University's Françoise Baylis discusses He Jiankui and the ethics of heritable human genome editing research in a Boston Globe op-ed.

Risk Prediction

USA Today reports on a new test to determine autism risk.

In PNAS this week: extrachromosomal circular DNA in pregnant women's blood plasma, mutation accumulation limited by tissue compartment size, and more.

Researchers in Australia are beginning a trial to offer parents-to-be free genetic testing for about 700 conditions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

To Find the Cause

The National Health Service in England has begun to sequence the exomes of critically ill infants and children, the Telegraph reports.

For Privacy

An op-ed in the New York Times suggests more education about what sharing children's genetic information means. 

In PLOS this week: consequences of double-strand DNA break repair in E. coli, KRAS mutations in circulating tumor DNA samples, and more.

Nobel-winner Frances Arnold and her colleagues have retracted a paper that appeared recently in Science.

Tree Resilience

BBC News reports that researchers have uncovered genetic markers associated with traits that may make trees more resilient to climate change.

For an Easier Brew

A Canadian brewery and researchers are studying and sequencing the two yeast used to brew a tricky Belgian-style ale, CBC reports.


A federal judge has ruled that drug companies, device manufacturers, and universities need to provide missing clinical data from hundreds of trials to a federal website, ScienceInsider reports.

A genetic analysis suggests red pandas might actually belong to two different species, New Scientist reports.

NPR reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has fixed the problem with some of its SARS-CoV-2 testing kits.

In Nature this week: epigenetic factors that prevent healthy aging and more.