In an effort to organize a human microbiome project and to engage participants in the results, a small team of researchers affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, has launched the uBiome project.

Billed as "the world's first effort to map the human microbiome with citizen science," the project has been raising funds from consumers and aims to initially sequence the microbiomes of 1,000 individuals, who will receive their results along with links to relevant health-related scientific studies.

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Parabon NanoLabs is partnering with law enforcement to use genetic genealogy approaches to solve cold cases, Buzzfeed News reports.

A Columbia University-led team used emergency contact information from medical records to create family trees and estimate disease heritability.

In Science this week: ancient Southeast Asian genomes provide insight on human migration, and more.

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