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The debate over informed consent in early-phase clinical cancer trials rages on, says clinician Pauline Chen in a New York Times health column. Research on patients' motivations for signing up for such trials — which typically test only for toxicity and dosing, not therapeutic efficacy — indicate that despite explanations by researchers, they may never really understand the purpose of the trial.

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.