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A new study published in Nature shows that there is a gene, which is switched off in about 15 percent of pancreatic cancers, that may act as a "brake" to stop these tumors from growing, suggesting that a new class of drugs may be used to turn this gene back on in some aggressive pancreatic cancers, reports BBC News. The gene, USP9x, normally stops cells from dividing uncontrollably.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

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