During the Wharton Global Alumni Forum held in San Francisco in June, Jeremy Siegel and Craig Venter "unknowingly connected two wires and illuminated a light bulb in my head," writes Jeffrey Sheehan from the University of Pennsylvania at Business Insider. Siegel, also at UPenn, spoke of research productivity — specifically, that "the rate of discovery ...

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.