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In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe takes a look at chemical biology, and says that the combination of organic chemistry and molecular biology is "one of the most interesting and productive research frontiers." While biologists have been looking at genes and their proteins, mutating and manipulating them in living systems, chemists have been working with enzymes as a way of controlling molecules.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.