Time to Retract?

The recent breakthrough in stem cell technology that sounded so remarkable, so easy, and so 'right under our noses' — that pluripotent stem cells could be manufactured in a lab simply by dipping mammalian cells in an acid bath and stressing them for a bit — may actually have been too good to be true. Or at least the paper detailing the innovation is such a train wreck that it is hard to know if this method would work.

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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.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.