Fine Balance

While the newly announced £311 million investment in the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project may enable insights into health and disease, an editorial in the Observer notes that patient data must be protected for the project to be successful.

"Leaks will lead to a loss of faith among patients whose support for the project is crucial and will have to be prevented at all costs," it adds.

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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.