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"Warning," blares the voice on the television. "This drug may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, upset stomach, hallucinations, loss of sexual function, or death. Do not take if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant." Sound familiar? Ads for antidepressants warn of the possible risk of suicidal thoughts, while commercials for erectile dysfunction medications notify users of the possibility for uncomfortably prolonged erections. Caveats like these should be recognizable to anyone who has ever taken so much as an aspirin.

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In Nature this week: Icelandic genome sequences, approach to increase CRISPR efficiency, and more.

Testing showing "genetic incompatibilities" have led thousands of couples in Saudi Arabia to call off their weddings, the BBC reports.

Decode Genetics' ability to tell Icelanders, even ones the company hasn't sequenced, about their disease risk brings up ethical questions.

Genetic analysis of Britain's King Richard III and modern descendants of his relatives indicate breaks in the male line.

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