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Researchers have sequenced the genome of the Florida panther as well as that of the Texas cougar, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Texas cougars were introduced into Florida in 1995 to boost the Florida cats' numbers — there were only about 30 left in the wild — and combat health issues that were cropping up from inbreeding, it adds.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.