While our DNA exerts some influence on who we are and what we do, Ewan Birney, the director of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, writes in an opinion piece at the Guardian, that DNA is not the end-all be-all of who we are.

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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.