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Using 98 metagenome-assembled archaea genomes from five Yellowstone National Park hot spring samples and more than 1,400 publicly available archaea sequences, researchers from Stanford University, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and elsewhere explore methanogen ancestry, including a lineage falling outside of a euryarchaeal phylum containing the most fully characterized methanogenic archaea.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

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