NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A German team has uncovered a splice site mutation suspected of influencing expansion of the human neocortex — the most recently evolved portion of the brain's cerebral cortex, which became enlarged as human-specific cognitive abilities emerged.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

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