How many genes are needed to sustain an organism? As Carl Zimmer notes in the New York Times that number may be surprisingly small and, ultimately, irrelevant.
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In Science this week: factors influencing retrotransposon integration sites, and more.
A bioethicist argues for the responsible use of germline gene editing.
Some breweries are using DNA-based testing to determine whether unwanted bacteria are affecting their beers, The Verge reports.
Standardized N-of-1 trials will be needed to test out personalized medicines, writes Nicholas Schork from the J. Craig Venter Institute at Nature.