A life-science research prize was proposed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in 2008, but because of controversy over who the award was sponsored by and named after — Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo — it has remained in limbo until now, says Brian Owens at the Nature News blog.

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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.