During a mid-summer visit to Agilent’s headquarters in Palo Alto, the company’s communications director Christina Maehr pulled me aside with a cat-who-swallowed-a-canary expression on her face. Agilent’s R&D team was bursting at the seams to talk about their newest genomics technology, but the marketing department wasn’t ready for prime time. Agilent prides itself on never hyping vaporware. This technology was set to launch.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.