"Anything you're proposing to fly in space, it should be in eighth grade science classes," Harvard's Gary Ruvkun tells Forbes, which is precisely why he expects that with technological advances, such as Life Technologies' Ion Personal Genome Machine, "sequencing will be done in eighth grade science classes very soon." According to Ruvkun — who has touted the power of PCR "to test for the existence of Earth-like DNA on Mars" in the past — the PGM methodology will e

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.