Wired Science's Thomas Goetz recently spoke to Craig Venter at an event hosted by City Arts & Lectures and the California Academy of Sciences, on genomics, synthetic biology, and the implications of new research for human health. While Goetz describes Venter's accomplishments in somewhat rapturous tones — calling him "a figure who has pushed science forward, sometimes by sheer force of will" — he also asked Venter what he thinks the implications of genome sequencing are.

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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.