This Week in Science

In Science this week, investigators from Harvard University, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology describe a method of crafting single-stranded DNA into a variety of different three-dimensional forms. Called "DNA bricks," 102 of these self-assembling structures were created from single strands of 32 nucleotide-long DNA. With intricate cavities and hollow interiors, the bricks can bind with up to four neighboring strands and be added or removed independently.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.