If proteomics could be thought of as a smorgasbord, then the membrane proteome is its fermented Baltic herring — tough to deal with initially, but valuable once you’ve acquired the skill to appreciate it. Membrane proteins are themselves consistently fickle and hard to characterize, yet prized as some of the most therapeutically interesting proteins because of their tendency to serve as gatekeepers to the cytoplasm.

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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.