A new study in the journal Gut shows that people with high levels of high-density lipoproteins — "good" cholesterol — have less of a chance of developing bowel cancer, says The Guardian. The HDL cholesterol "collects" excess bad LDL cholesterol in the blood and takes it to the liver, where it is broken down.

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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.