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The shrinking of DNA sequencers is enabling the devices to be used in a wider range of applications, the Economist reports.

The first such portable platform, Oxford Nanopore's MinIon, is small enough to fit in a pocket, it says. The Economist notes, though, it doesn't quite reach the accuracy level lab-bound sequencers.

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CBS This Morning highlights recent Medicare fraud involving offers of genetic testing.

Researchers find that many cancer drugs in development don't work quite how their developers thought they did, as Discover's D-brief blog reports.

Mariya Gabriel, a Bulgarian politician, is to be the next European Union research commissioner, according to Science.

In Science this week: a survey indicates that US adults are more likely to support the agricultural use of gene drives if they target non-native species and if they are limited, and more.