In the British Journal of Cancer this week, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine report the role of sigma-2 ligands in cancer cell death. The team treated EMT-6 mouse breast cancer cells and MDA-MB-435 human melanoma cells with sigma-2 ligands and found that three of these ligands induced DNA fragmentation, activated caspase-3, and caused PARP-1 cleavage.

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The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

DARPA is working on developing algorithms that gauge the credibility of research findings, Wired reports.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends all women diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, the Washington Post says.

In Science this week: comparison of modern, historical rabbit exomes uncovers parallel evolution after myxoma virus exposure; and more.