Have you ever contemplated matching the motor of a BMW with the gears of a Mercedes to make a better racing car? Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed an algorithm that helps them do exactly this with proteins that share a similar structure. The algorithm predicts which parts of a protein can be swapped — or recombined — without disturbing the overall shape of the proteins, making the hybrids more likely to be functional.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.