Back to the Beginning

Everything has a beginning, and NPR's TED Radio Hour takes a look at origins, both the origin of the universe and of humans.

"This is one of those deep human questions that I feel like we as a species should be trying to answer," Spencer Wells, the director of the Genographic Project at the National Geography Society, tells NPR's Guy Raz.

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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.