Themes of the day: public skepticism and high-tech gadgets. This story from the New York Times follows suit, delving into the story of Nabil Al-Hadithy, the hazardous waste manager of Berkeley, Calif., who succeeded in passing regulations governing companies that use or manufacture nanoparticles. According to the article:

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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.