From his days in graduate school, it’s unlikely anyone could have predicted the path that Don Hunt’s career would take. After majoring in organic chemistry for his undergraduate degree, Hunt headed to Stanford — and flunked out. He wound up in a biochemistry class during a critical time in understanding genetic code, Hunt recalls, and the professors “threw away the textbook.” Instead, “four Nobel laureates just lectured to us,” he says.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.