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Having a distant relative with Alzheimer's disease may increase an individual's risk of developing the according to the Telegraph.

A genetic genealogy approach has led to the arrest of a mother in the 1981 death of her newborn, the New York Times reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: benchmarking framework for variant calling, and more.

Norman Sharpless, the current NCI director, is to serve as acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the New York Times reports.

New Scientist reports that FamilyTreeDNA is offering customers a new way to opt out of allowing the FBI to access their data.

Wired reports that genetic variants may influence the effectiveness of hormonal birth control among some women.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: characterization of imprinted DNA methylation sites, origins of germline structural variants, and more.

The Trump Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 includes a 12 percent cut to National Institutes of Health funding.

Researchers in Japan have transferred woolly mammoth nuclei into mice ova, where they appeared to somewhat function, according to the Telegraph.

ScienceInsider reports that Muntaser Ibrahim, a prominent Sudanese geneticist, has been detained after protesting the regime there.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: differential gene expression predictor, clonal evolution dynamics in colorectal cancer, and more.

23andMe is now offering a type 2 diabetes risk test, according to MIT's Technology Review.

The South China Morning Post reports that China is encouraging its private sector to increase its investment in basic research.

WHO Reorganizes a Bit

The World Health Organization has announced that it would be making some organizational changes, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: population genetics of region with high Burkitt lymphoma rates, analysis of Brazilian Chikungunya virus strains, and more.

"Larger Role"

NIH Director Francis Collins speaks with PBS NewsHour about sexual harassment in the sciences.

A Swig of Bacteria

NPR reports on companies' efforts to develop genetically modified bacteria to treat disease.

Momentum Slow Down?

The Washington Post reports that some health advocates worry that Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's departure from the US Food and Drug Administration will stall certain initiatives.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: global transcriptome analysis of inflammatory bowel disease, and more.

Beery Origins

Researchers have sequenced beer yeast strain in a bid to uncover their origins, Forbes reports.

LilBub, Sequenced

A famous Internet cat has had its genome sequenced to home in on two variants that may account for its appearance.

Not Getting the Funds

Congressional Republicans' criticism of NSF could come down in part to their constituents not being among those funded, a post at Vox's Mischiefs of Factions says.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: CRISPR-based method to determine specificity of adenine base editors, haploid induction for genome editing of commercial crops, and more.

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, has announced he will be stepping down from his post next month.

No Spit Needed

The Atlantic reports on a new satirical media company that's launched a parody of a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company.


Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.

A new analysis by Northwestern University researchers finds that female and male first-time PIs receive differing amounts of funding.

Some 43 percent of new mothers and 23 percent of new fathers leave full-time employment in STEM in the years after having a child, Science Careers says.

STEM professors' views on intelligence affect students' success, a new study finds.