This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology reported data suggesting that homologous recombination between RNA and DNA may be far more widespread than previously believed, making RNA a key player in genomic stability and plasticity. Generally, homologous recombination involves the exchange of genetic information between similar DNA molecules.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.