With the name James D. Watson, it seems he had no choice but to work in the field of genomics. “We’ve actually got the same middle initial as well,” says the Watson not known for discovering the double helical structure of DNA. This Watson, 37, is not a scientist, but an MBA who just joined life science merchant bank Burrill & Co. as director of its strategic partnering services group. “My interest is in deal making,” he says.

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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.

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