Officials in Cambridge, Mass., last week began reviewing a request by real estate developer Beal Companies to rezone land north of its One Kendall Square mixed-use complex into a separate project that would feature more laboratory and other commercial uses, and less residential space, than the city currently allows.

The proposal seeks to enable Beal "to target both" smaller and larger potential users for the lab space, Peter Spellios, senior vice president and general counsel for the company, told BioRegion News last week.

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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.