The Bugs Know

Aficionados of crime novels and television shows know that bugs can be used to pinpoint how long a body has been left exposed to the elements. As NPR's Rob Stein reports for All Things Considered, the other bugs — microbes — may also be able to help to solve crimes.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.