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The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research's David Page stood up for the Y chromosome last month. He and his colleagues published a paper in Nature saying the chromosome would be stable for millions of years, despite early decay, and despite other researchers' claims that the decay was a sign that the chromosome would eventually disappear.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.