Delegates at the United Nations have been discussing a legal framework to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea, the New York Times reports. The world's oceans, it notes, fall outside the control of any one country.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.