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Researchers in China are using DNA sequencing to monitor the environmental health of rivers like the Mekong, New Scientist reports. That way, it adds, they can inform construction projects about hydropower dams could be built to lessen their environmental impact.

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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.