Over at Freelancing Science, Pawe³ Szczêsny has a post on BioBricks -- or the modules listed with the MIT Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Szczêsny says he "fell in love with the idea" of the project, but suggests a couple of improvements: first, that modules be made of more than just DNA (expanding to proteins and more) and grouped by functional roles.

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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.