A team led by researchers at Kiel University has found that tumors can occur naturally in Hydra, suggesting that "spontaneous tumors have deep evolutionary roots" as they wrote in Nature Communications earlier this summer.

They examined polyps from Hydra oligactis and Pelmatohydra robusta that had altered morphology and tumor-like properties, including the ability to be established as a clonal line.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.