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Just for Fun?

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

From Pigs to Monkeys

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.

An interim report finds that 18 percent of employees at the US National Institutes of Health experienced gender harassment within the past year, ScienceInsider reports.

A rape suspect is contesting the DNA analysis that was performed after he was identified through genetic genealogy, the Washington Post reports.

BBC News reports on genome sequencing of ill children to uncover genetic alterations.

In Nature this week: CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system that does not require double-strand DNA breaks, and more.

Wired reports that a murder trial in which police homed in on a suspect using genetic genealogy is heading to court, but won't focus on the technique.

A Russian researcher wants to implant gene-edited embryos into women this year, Nature News reports.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing federal agencies speed up the review of agricultural biotechnology products, according to Reuters.

In Genome Biology this week: study of 'dark' genome regions, algorithm to determine DNA methylation variation, and more.

Less To Match To

GEDMatch's decision to opt users out of law enforcement searches has shrunk the size of its database open to such searches, Bloomberg reports.

In a genetic analysis, researchers have found ancient and modern grapevines are highly similar, the Guardian reports.

Coming to a Head?

Vox reports on the state of scientific publishing and the push for making research articles open access.

In PNAS this week: diversity and spread of Yersinia pestis, local adaptations in switchgrass, and more.

Stronger Rules

China's State Council is strengthening regulations regarding scientific studies that rely on genetic or other material from Chinese individuals, according to Reuters.

Limiting fetal tissue research may adversely affect patients, the Associated Press reports.

New Scientist reports that how people process food is only partially heritable, suggesting an environmental role.

In PLOS this week: genes and pathways linked to multiple sclerosis, Salmonella enterica diversity in reptiles, and more.

Genetic testing reveals cases in which the wrong donor sperm was used to conceive children decades ago, the New York Times reports.

And Now, MedRxiv

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Yale University, and BMJ are launching a preprint server for medical and health science manuscripts.

In Science this week: somatic mutations found throughout normal tissue, and more.


A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.

A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.