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The research community is concerned about a last-minute amendment that legislators attached to a recently enacted newborn screening law, requiring state health departments to garner parental consent before using their babies' deidentified blood spots for scientific studies.

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Newsweek discusses the privacy issues raised by digital medicine.

A group of statisticians wants to eliminate researchers' reliance on 'statistical significance,' according to NPR.

In Nature this week: genetic analysis of Anatolian farmers, cotton genome analysis, and more.

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.