Using sequencing, researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the California Department of Public Health examined the virulence and antibiotic resistance of Shigella sonnei strains behind a 2014 and 2015 outbreak in the state, UPI reports.

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

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

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.