In the New York Times, Carl Zimmer discusses a tack being taken to fight viruses. Viruses, he says, evolve rapidly to escape the reaches of the immune system and to adjust to a new tissue that they have invaded, but mutate too much and the viruses suffer. "[Some scientists] hope to cure infections by forcing viruses to evolve their way to extinction," Zimmer writes.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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