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COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers are using human reads from metagenomic sequencing studies to begin looking at how host genetics influence microbial communities on and in the human body.

Ran Blekhman, a researcher with Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College, presented preliminary findings from this search during a session on the genetics of complex traits at the Biology of Genomes meeting here yesterday.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.