At the bottom of the world, a handful of very cold researchers risked freezing their pipettes off trying to understand what makes some of the hardiest bugs on earth tick.

During a two-week mission to Antarctica’s Dry Valley, a desolate expanse of jagged rocks and frozen earth that occupies one of the few spaces on that continent not covered by ice, four scientists sought to study the few microorganisms that comfortably exist there.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.