Behind the Scenes

At the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Genomics and Health Impact blog this week, Muin Khoury — who directs the agency's Office of Public Health Genomics — describes "a day in the invisible life of public health genomics." Khoury narrates a hypothetical workday for a fictitious woman, who, like most of the public, he says, does not "realize that public health is at work to help make sure that genomic technologies are use

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.