Fat Gene Hype

The news out this week that researchers have found an "obesity gene" – a variation of which makes some people less likely to feel full and enables them to eat too much – was guaranteed to be one of those gene studies that rockets to the top of internet news, and it did.

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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.