NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - A consortium of three research institutes and a university, all based in the San Diego region, has quietly broken ground on a $126 million research facility intended to advance collaborations — a project delayed more than a year by California's budget squeeze.

The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine says the new "collaboratory" will pursue joint projects by its members and collaboration partners to invent tools and technologies intended to advance research into stem cells, and to discover and develop diagnostics and therapies.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.