This Week in Science

In the advance, online edition of Science this week, an international research team reports that the "genetic reactivation of cone photoreceptors restores visual responses in retinitis pigmentosa." Using mouse models of retinitis pigmentosa, the team found that the "expression of archaebacterial halorhodopsin in light-sensitive cones can substitute for the native phototransduction cascade and restore their light sensitivity." Then, by using human ex vivo retinas, the authors showed t

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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.