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You Just Want to Pinch Its Cheeks

Nick Loman has posted pictures of Roche's new GS Junior at his blog, Pathogens: Genes and Genomes. "The GS Junior is a cute little thing, about the size of a laser printer. The LED looks a bit like a coin-slot and a few people commented that you 'put your 50p in there' and out comes the data," he writes. "A few people commented that they'd buy one if they did it in pink."

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Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.