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The wait for cancer-screening test results can be "nerve-racking," says Technology Review's Jennifer Chu. But a new handheld device developed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School could shorten the wait. The device plugs into a smart phone and can produce test results in an hour, Chu says. The tool takes a small tissue sample and analyzes it for cancer proteins.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.