A post on Omics! Omics! talks about whether or not all viruses are bad. Author Keith Robison points out that in the case of diphtheria, for example, the bacterial host is actually helped by the toxic virus it incorporates into its own genome.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.