The US Senate has confirmed a new patent office director, the Verge reports. Michelle Lee is the new director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, a post the Verge notes has been vacant for more than two years.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.