Targeted cancer drugs have helped many patients live longer and healthier lives, but researchers still aren't sure why some of these drugs work in certain patients and not in others, says Technology Review's Emily Singer. Researchers are starting to learn more about how the drugs work by examining the inner workings of cancer cells, which could enable a new approach to personalized treatment — specific combinations of drugs that would more effectively treat a patient's cancer, Singer adds.

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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.