Researchers at State University of New York-Buffalo have managed to grow human brain cells afflicted with Parkinson's disease in vitro, reports Popular Science's Rebecca Boyle. The cells, derived from the skin cells of Parkinson's patients, may help researchers track how mutations in the parkin gene can lead to the disease, Boyle says.

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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.