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Oil giant BP will fund metagenomics research at Nova Southeastern University to determine the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on microbes and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico. The $10 million project will include DNA and microbial analyses to measure the spill's impact on marine sponge and microbe communities, as well as fish and coral communities.

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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.