This Week in Science

In Science this week, a multi-institute team of Australian researchers reports on the discovery of a protein found in the female reproductive tract that appears to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. The protein, interferon-epsilon, is expressed by cells that line the ovary, uterus, cervix, and vagina, and mice lacking interferon-epsilon are more susceptible to infection with herpes simplex virus 2 and chlamydia.

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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

In Science this week: research regulation and reporting requirement reform, and more.

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