Mishandling Them

There have been a number of safety issues at UK laboratories handling harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses, the Guardian reports. It says the Health and Safety Executive has investigated 40 incidents at specialist labs between June 2015 and July 2017, including cases that have led scientists to fall ill.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.