A Tech Review blog post discusses the work of Richard Lifton, who studies human outliers, so-called "extreme phenotypes" -- including a man with extremely high bone density. Lifton found a link to bone density with a mutation in the LDL-related receptor protein 5 gene and, now, a drug targeting part of that molecular pathway is in clinical testing to treat osteoporosis.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.