A paper recently published in Cell shows that the cancer plaguing Tasmanian devils started spreading about 15 years ago from one infected female devil, reports Scientific American's Katherine Harmon.
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23andMe's Anne Wojcicki ponders DNA and what it means to be human in a New York Times essay.
A new estimate places the last universal common ancestor to life on Earth as living 3.9 billion years ago, Inverse reports.
In PNAS this week: retinitis pigmentosa gene therapy, role of microbiome in growth stunting, and more.
Bloomberg reports that researchers and drug companies are modeling anti-obesity treatments after the rare genetic condition essential fructosuria.