Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) proposed an up-front cash prize system to reward inventors and encourage innovation, reports Slate. Though this system might spur work to aid neglected populations and could eliminate drug monopolies and licensing fees, it is problematic -- especially because of its estimated $80 billion a year cost.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.