Researchers have uncovered some 58,000 types of long-noncoding RNAs that are produced made by human cells, suggesting that much of the human genome has some sort of role to play, Carl Zimmer writes at the New York Times.

He notes, though, that some researchers doubt the importance of lncRNA and argue they are just noise.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.