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Salmonella enterica is a nasty bacteria that tends to make people very sick. But Washington University in St. Louis researcher Kelly Flentie is trying to use it to make cancer patients better, says Paige Brown at the From the Lab Bench blog. Flentie uses bioluminescent imaging to study the interactions between bacteria and cancer cells, by inserting a derivative of firefly luciferin — the chemical which makes the insects glow — into the microscopic bacteria.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.