John Marburger, a Democrat appointed last year as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for the White House, is in a key position to keep genomics on the radar of federal policy makers. Former head of DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, he oversaw the lab’s role in the Human Genome Project as well as its proteomics program. Marburger took some time to answer GT’s questions about his post, the future of genomics, and federal funding.

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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.