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In Nature this week, a team of Spanish researchers publishes data suggesting that one type of blood cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, makes alterations to the non-coding regions of patients' genomes that influence disease outcomes. The scientists studied samples from more than 500 patients and discovered around 60 genetic mutations that occurred in multiple samples.

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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.