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Colleges across the US are competing by sequencing their mascots' genomes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"Some of the mascots such as the Nittany Lion, named for Mount Nittany near the Penn State campus, are either extinct or can no longer be found near their old stomping grounds," the Journal notes. "Other critters aren't scientifically important, but that doesn't damp schools' zeal."

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.