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What better way to study a disease than by looking at cells from a patient? Researchers are using induced pluripotent stem cell technology to generate cells from patients with Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and Down syndrome, among others, Technology Review's Emily Singer reports. "By differentiating these cells into the cell type affected in the disease, scientists can search for molecular missteps unique to these cells," Singer says.

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In Science this week: International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium publishes the bread wheat cultivar Chinese Spring reference genome, and more.

At his FDA Law Blog, Jeffrey Gibbs discusses FDA's technical assistance for the draft Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.

The New York Times reports that genetic testing has uncovered unfaithful penguins at a Utah aquarium.

Cancer researcher loses funding under new Wellcome Trust anti-bullying policies, the Guardian reports.