In Praise of the Strange | GenomeWeb

Odd-sounding or laughter-inducing research projects are commonly pushed into the spotlight as examples of wasteful government spending. (Remember comments in 2008 about fruit fly research or the shrimp-on-a-treadmill brouhaha from 2011?) Critics argue that such studies have no practical applications and shouldn't be recipients of governmental largesse.

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The Japan Times says regulations are needed to oversee human genome-editing research.

In PNAS this week: mutations linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma, salivary proteins common among oral squamous cell carcinoma patients, and more.

At Wired, a science journalist discusses her decision not to undergo BRCA testing.

In PLOS this week: molecular surveillance of S. Typhi, genome-wide association study of attention in children, and more.