Until now, the DNA repair process — which proteins are involved and how they make it run — has been something of a black box: we know what goes in, but what happens on the inside is one big question mark.

In May, several geneticists at HHMI and Harvard opened up that box by presenting research in Science revealing a vast network of many hundreds of human and mouse proteins that are phosphorylated and called into action in response to DNA damage.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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