The latest Mini-Annals of Improbable Research challenges biologists to take on mathematicians by memorizing the human genome — if mathematicians can memorize pi to 67,890 digits, certainly biologists can remember some base pairs. "This wonderfully pointless exercise — reciting the human base pairs, from memory — can delight persons of a certain personality type. Acclaim is something they count on," it says.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.