In a recent feature in Australian Life Scientist, Fiona Wylie examines "how next-generation sequencing could save the Tasmanian devil" from the perils of devil facial tumor disease — or DFTD — which has put Sarcophilus harrisii on the endangered species list since 2008. DFTD cancer is spread "by the physical transfer of living cancer cells through biting," representing a rare mode of disease transmission, Wylie says.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

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China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.