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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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.