MIT broke ground on a new cancer center last week, the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, which will bring scientists and engineers together to study cancer metastates. The 350,000-square foot center is set to open in late 2010, according to this article in Scientific American, and as a collaborative effort "may be the best means of putting to practical use the emerging (and still esoteric) field of systems biology."

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.