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Dog Droppings Database

The Tel Aviv city council has approved the development of a DNA database of dogs living in the city to crack down on owners who do not clean up after their pets, the Times of Israel reports.

The paper adds that dog owners will be required to submit genetic samples from their dogs when they receive or renew their dogs' licenses. The Times of Israel adds that Tel Aviv previously increased the fines for leaving dog waste on city streets but says that did not deter violators. Under this new program, unpicked-up dog dropping will undergo DNA testing and fines sent to the offenders, it adds.

Tel Aviv is not the first region to adopt such a measure. In April, the Leitrim County Council in Ireland adopted a similar dog waste DNA testing program and in 2018, Breckinridge, Colorado, announced it would be using DNA testing to identify dogs whose owners did not pick up after them. A condo board in Baltimore and an apartment complex on Long Island have also taken such an approach to tackle unscooped poop.

The Scan

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Participation Analysis

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Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.