Genomatix of Munich said it has initiated a project to annotate promoters for the entire human genome.

Using tools it developed, Genomatix said it can characterize large DNA sequences and predict functional promoters on a genomic scale. Promoters act as the molecular “switches” to regulate gene expression.

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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.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

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