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When the roundworm Caenorhabditis briggsae became capable of self-fertilization, that ability may have triggered the loss of thousands of genes, the New York Times reports.

"Many of these genes had been around, and were presumably needed, for tens of millions of years or longer," senior author Eric Haag from the University of Maryland tells the Times.

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Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.

Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.

Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.

In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.