Alice Chen, a biomedical engineering grad student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was awarded a $30,000 2011 Lemelson-MIT student prize last week for her work in building artificial human livers that could one day help patients waiting for organ transplants, reports The Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.