This Week in PNAS

In a study slated to appear in the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, an Ohio State University-led team assessed the expression of hundreds of microRNAs in ovarian cancer tumors, looking for those with expression profiles that coincided with chemotherapy resistance. Through an array-based analysis of almost 700 microRNAs in tumor samples from 86 women with ovarian cancer, researchers tracked down a 23-miRNA signature for chemoresistance.

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of intra-tumor heterogeneity, workflow resources for EPIGEN-Brazil, and more.