Oxford's Gero Miesenböck has written an article in SciAm about the emerging field of optogenetics and his own quest to use genetically encoded sensors and actuators to measure activity of specific neuronal cell populations.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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