At the AACR meeting in San Diego, Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner received a standing ovation after giving a speech in which he questioned the current model of translational research. Brenner suggests that research should flow from bedside to bench and that research and medicine should be integrated, rather than compartmentalized. "What I'm advocating is: go the other way," says Brenner.

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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.