At the GeneAcres 17 conference held in South San Francisco, Calif., this week, a panel of professionals agreed that life-sciences building owners — be they users or owner-managers — can save money in the long term and promote environmentally friendlier "sustainable" development by renovating existing buildings rather than building new ones.

That is especially true, they agreed, when facilities are renovated to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards developed by the US Green Building Council.

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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.