Admitting that it’s a bit “unusual” for a software development project to take almost eight years to reach its first whole-number release, Jason Stajich said last week’s launch of BioPerl 1.0 was a long time in coming because its developers simply wanted to get it right.

“We really wanted to be confident that what we were promising was really there,” said Stajich, a PhD candidate at Duke University who heads up the project.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.