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Evolution is innovative, says the New Scientist's Dan Jones. But can evolution itself evolve? "The capacity for evolutionary innovation — or, in buzzword form, 'evolvability' — is built into the fabric of life," he writes. There are many studies lately that shed light on the factors needed to enhance or restrict an organism's evolvability, but the key is to clearly define the word.

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NPR reports the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for a genetic disorder that causes rapid aging.

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ScienceInsider reports Nature Communications is reviewing a paper on mentorship following social media criticism arguing it is sexist.

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