The editorial team at Environmental Microbiology says that while the journal's "referees, editorial board members, and ad hoc reviewers are busy, serious individuals who give selflessly of their precious time to improve manuscripts" year-round, from time to time "their humor — or admiration — gets the better of them." In the season's spirits of "goodwill and merriment," the Environmental Microbiology staff has rounded up a collection of reviewer's comments — some

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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.