Norrie Russell turned 50 last week and got a job. Sounds like a milestone week. Well, the part about hitting 50 years old — “going to the other side” he described it — wasn’t all that exciting, said Russell in a telephone interview on his second day at work at Aviva Biosciences of San Diego. But, the part about getting a job as chief executive officer and president at an early-stage biochip company, with several promising products in the pipeline, that was really exciting, he said.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.