Into the Breach

Increasingly, academic intuitions have programs to help professors make the jump from interesting idea to business opportunity, reports the New York Times. The first such "matchmaking" center was the William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California, San Diego, and it has helped 26 companies get off the ground and brought in $87 million, the Times says.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.