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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider, and Jack Szostack this week each won one-third of the Nobel Prize for Medicine 2009 for their discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Greider is a professor and director of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences. Blackburn is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley. Szostack is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.