For the pilot episode of its STEM education-focused special "It Ain't Rocket Science," Time Warner Cable's news channel NY1 spoke with Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina to learn more about the transmissible cancer that threatens to wipe out the shrinking Tasmanian devil population, devil facial tumor disease.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.