NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine this week that, in a clinical study, a DNA-based colorectal cancer screening test was better able to detect instances of cancer than a standard immunochemical test.

The test, Exact Sciences' Cologuard, examines DNA methylation markers, mutation markers, and more in combination with hemoglobin levels in patients' stool samples to determine the presence of colorectal cancer.

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Hong Kong is using DNA phenotyping to shame litterers.

A study appearing in Cell suggests some metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients could benefit from PARP inhibitor therapy.

NIH's Francis Collins writes that scientific advances are poised to help populations all over the world, but more scientists are needed to keep the momentum.

In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.