A 'New Species?'


Researchers' current theory about cancer is that it starts with a handful of mutations and grows from there, says Science 2.0's Gunnar De Winter. But University of California, Berkeley, researcher Peter Duesberg and his colleagues contend that cancer arises from disruptions in the chromosomes, and that this constitutes "a form of speciation," De Winter says. "So, according to this view, cancers are newly evolved species, as they have new chromosomal karyotypes.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.