Mark this as a catch-all crash course in genomics for your non-scientist friends and family. In a special eight-part report on the human genome, The Economist details advances – and disappointments – in biomedical research since the completion of the Human Genome Project. From Venter’s synthetic genome to the sequencing of Neanderthal DNA, to personal genomics, drug discovery, and the build-up at the BGI, the author details nearly every major event in genomics post-HGP.

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.