There are more infectious diseases than there are symptoms –– just ask any studious hypochondriac with an Internet connection. But diagnosticians, even with their years of training, can be stumped when making a differential diagnosis on the fly. Sending off for lab results winnows the pile of possible diagnoses, but such a process is time consuming, labor intensive, and expensive.

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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.