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The New York Times' Claudia Dreifus recently sat down with Janet Davison Rowley — the medical-doctor-turned-geneticist known as "the matriarch of modern cancer genetics" — to talk about her career and her discoveries. When she started her work in 1961, genetics was very far from an established field, Rowley says, and there were no tools to help researchers study DNA.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.