In a commentary published recently in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, the University of Adelaide's Jack da Silva says grandmothers may have helped to lower the risk of cancer, reports New Scientist's Michael Slezak. A study from the US last year found that women with either of the BRCA genes — which are linked to breast cancer — tend to have more children than women without the genes.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.