Harvard University's Erez Lieberman Aiden's love of mathematics started early, writes Brandon Keim at Wired. Aiden tells Keim — using a pot full of ramen noodles as an analogy — chromosomes in cells are tangled, globular messes, and Aiden developed Hi-C, published in Nature in 2009, to study such chromosome structure. He now plans to study how structure relates to function.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.