Cancer Run-Down

The cancer labs of Elizabeth Blackburn, Chad Mirkin, and Elaine Mardis and Rick Wilson get shout-outs in three US News & World Report articles. Blackburn is looking to exploit cancer cells' use of telomerase to engineer a way to kill the cells; she is also intrigued by lifestyle influences, such as exercise and nutrition, on telomerase levels.

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A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

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