Aw, A Success

A Forbes article entitled, “Genomics: No Longer A Failure,” says that Human Genome Sciences and Vertex Pharmaceuticals are finally living up to the hype promised during Human Genome Project. Human Genome saw positive results in a second study of its lupus drug, Benlysta, and Vertex presented mid-stage results of its hepatitis C drug, telaprevir, that indicated it could work as well if taken twice a day as three times a day, which is how it is currently being tested.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.