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A new cancer treatment approach — light-based therapy — has been shown to kill cancer cells in mice, reports Technology Review's Erica Westly. The method, developed by researchers at NCI, utilizes a heat-sensitive fluorescent dye paired with cancer-specific antibodies — the dye heats up and burns small holes into the membrane of the cell it is attached to when exposed to near-infrared light, killing the cell, Westly says.

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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.