When Webb Miller set his sights on comparative genomics more than 10 years ago, he hoped to be able to compare regions of the human and mouse genomes by the time he retired.

Now, still five years shy of his target date, Miller’s name appears on a paper recently published in Nature analyzing one of the largest comparative genomics studies of targeted regions in 13 vertebrate genomes, including human, chimp, cat, dog, mouse, and zebrafish.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

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