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In Nature this week, a team led by researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital report a novel therapy for retinoblastoma. The team performed genomic and epigenetic analyses of retinoblastoma samples, and found that the cancer's genome is stable, though several of its pathways can be deregulated. As the team reports, the only known cancer gene mutated in these tumors is RB1, and that the overall mutational rate is very low.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.