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Questions have been raised about the work of three more members of the Riken committee that investigated the work of stem cell scientist Haruko Obokata, and Riken President Ryoji Noyori has asked group leaders at the institute to examine their prior publications for evidence of image manipulation or plagiarism, ScienceInsider reports.

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23andMe's Anne Wojcicki ponders DNA and what it means to be human in a New York Times essay.

A new estimate places the last universal common ancestor to life on Earth as living 3.9 billion years ago, Inverse reports.

In PNAS this week: retinitis pigmentosa gene therapy, role of microbiome in growth stunting, and more.

Bloomberg reports that researchers and drug companies are modeling anti-obesity treatments after the rare genetic condition essential fructosuria.