This Week in Nature

There's a silver lining to this downturn, and John Browning touches on it in an essay in this week's issue of Nature. "Venture funding is declining quickly and is unlikely to bounce back," he writes. "But less money means lower expectations – good news for smaller science start-ups." While the 1990s boom meant expectations that many companies couldn't meet, today's market gives smaller, less ambitious projects a better chance.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.