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Cancer survival rates are up, according to a report released this week by CDC and NCI. The report found that about one in every 20 adults in the US has survived cancer, including 20 percent of all people over 65, says The New York Times' Pam Belluck. The number of cancer survivors went up by about 20 percent in six years, from 9.8 million in 2001 to 11.7 million in 2007, Belluck adds. In addition, about 65 percent of cancer survivors have lived at least five years since their diagnosis, 40 percent have lived 10 years or more, and almost 10 percent have lived 25 years or more. CDC Director Thomas Frieden believes the implications of these statistics are that many cancers are "treatable," and that receiving a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, Belluck says. Improved treatments and increased follow-up after treatment share the credit for the increased survival rates in some cases like breast cancer and colon cancer. In other cancers like prostate cancer, higher survival rates can credited to increased screening, she adds.

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Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.