In the Cappadocia region of Turkey, the residents of the area's villages use a kind of rock rich in the mineral erionite to build their homes, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong. The villagers have also suffered with an "epidemic of mesothelioma" for years because of it.

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An analysis of UK Biobank data finds hemochromatosis to be more prevalent than thought, according to the BBC.

An analysis finds that female biomedical researchers receive fewer prizes than male ones, and when they do win prizes, they are less prestigious.

In Nature this week: improved genomic analysis using a graph genome reference, tumor mutational burden could predict clinical response to immune checkpoint inhibitors, and more.

Federal researchers tell the Los Angeles Times that the shutdown is causing missed research opportunities as they try to keep their experiments going.