Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have developed a functional assay to determine which mutations in the BRCA2 gene may increase the risk of tumorigenesis.
 
The assay expands on the ability of segregation analysis to analyze mutations in the gene by examining how they affect embryonic stem cells.
 

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.