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Kentucky is now using rapid DNA testing in some sexual assault cases, according to the Associated Press.

A woman participating in a trial examining the use of mitochondrial transfer as a fertility treatment has given birth, New Scientist reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: durum wheat genome assembly, approach for analyzing joint genetic architecture of complex traits, and more.

Technology Review reports that researchers developed transgenic macaque monkeys with copies of a gene linked to human intelligence.

Blocked Entry

NIH Director Francis Collins apologizes for security blocking two Iranian researchers from the agency campus, according to the Washington Post.

Buzzfeed News' Peter Aldhous tried his hand at genetic genealogy to identify some of his coworkers.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine messenger RNA translation shifts, functionally annotated bacterial tree of life, and more.

Pasta Party

An international team of researchers has sequenced the durum wheat genome to help make better pasta, Popular Science reports.

Neanderthals and woolly mammoths may have harbored similar genetic adaptations to the cold, according to the Jerusalem Post.

ScienceInsider reports the Brazilian government is freezing part of its budget, which it says will affect science funding there.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic profile of an endosymbiotic microbe, role of horizontal gene transfer in fungal adaptations, and more.

A Wee Pale Lizard

Science reports that researchers have found a way to use CRISPR on lizard embryos.

Sometimes Both

NPR reports that prenatal genetic testing can both offer relief and provide a source of worry for prospective parents.

Who's This Kitty Cat?

Digital Trends looks into genetic testing for cats.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: 'reverse genome-wide association study' method; genetic links between Familial Mediterranean Fever and ankylosing spondylitis; and more.

Sydney Brenner Dies

Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner has died at the age of 92, BBC News reports.

The New York Times reports on Scott Gottlieb's plans as he steps down as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Economist explores potential uses of synthetic biology to alter what proteins are produced.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genomic study of convergent evolution of the loss of flight in birds, and more.

An Australian physician group issues guidelines recommending broader offering of genetic carrier screening, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Washington Post reports on the use of genetic tests to guide antidepressant treatment.

Drinking-Linked Loci

A genome-wide association study uncovers genetic variants linked with excessive drinking and alcoholism.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: analysis of gut microbiome of colorectal cancer patients, enzymes that block CRISPR editing, and more.

Mexico is need of genetic counselors, but it will have to overcome some barriers to make that happen.

Canadian regulators this week approved the country's first commercial farm for genetically modified salmon.


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

Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

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.