True to form, James Watson didn't mince words at a recent lecture at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he said that the majority of cancer research is "irrelevant" and got into a verbal tussle with fellow Nobelist Roger Tsien.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Watson, in a talk about the role of oxidants in cancer and diabetes, questioned the utility of sequencing cancer genomes.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.