NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Investigators shared data this week from a small prospective trial of a blood-based method they developed to test patients with human papillomavirus-associated oral cancers for signs of remission or recurrence.

The approach, which was spearheaded by researchers at the University of North Carolina and is being commercialized by startup Naveris, would potentially allow doctors to more accurately and more easily identify which patients are free from cancer after radiation treatment, and which might be poised to recur.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.