Unintended Consequences


Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1867 with the intention of making a name for himself and improving his business. He was said to have been troubled when he found that the military was interested in his work and its potential as a weapon. Throughout history, researchers have made exciting discoveries only to find later that their work had been used for dangerous or even nefarious purposes.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.