The Scientist columnist Glenn McGee describes how he was swayed to help formulate an online bioethics course while at the Science Foo Camp (from “Socrates would not teach ethics on the Internet” to “I forgot Socrates and wanted to meet Steve Jobs”).

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.