Rather than thinking about computers in terms of their speed and memory, Stanford University's Drew Endy writes in an essay in The New York Times that people should consider computers' abilities to use important information. "A better way to think about the future of computing might be to ask when and where we could improve our ability to compute upon information that we greatly care about," he writes.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.