As students, researchers, and professors put down their pipettes to visit family or relax over breaks, some researchers take advantage of mostly empty labs to get work done, Stat News' Karen Weintraub writes.

Amy Rommel, a postdoc at the Salk Institute, tells her that usually long waits for using the tissue culture hood or slide scanner evaporate over the holidays.

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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.