Better understanding the mutations that a tumor has not only increases researchers' knowledge of cancer, it also improves treatments for cancer patients, MIT's Phillip Sharp tells The Boston Globe. Sharp is part of the Stand Up to Cancer organization that funds "dream teams" of researchers, including one that is investigating how some cancer cell genes are turned off by DNA modifications.

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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.