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Watching a companion, even a furry four-legged one, suffer from cancer is heartbreaking. An article in The Scientist recounts how Texas researchers developed a device to deliver plasmids containing growth hormone releasing hormone to dogs with cachexia that prevents them from being able to tolerate cancer treatments.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.