Microsoft Research has awarded Wei Wang, a bioinformaticist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of five New Faculty Fellowship Awards, a new program "that honors early-career university professors who demonstrate exceptional talent for novel research and thought leadership in their discipline," Microsoft said. Selected from a pool of 110 nominees representing universities across the United States, Wang and the other five inaugural fellows will each receive a $200,000 cash grant to pursue their research work in computer science.

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

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