Genomic Health announced this week it is on track for a 2013 launch of its Oncotype Dx test to help doctors distinguish between aggressive and indolent prostate cancer.

According to the company, a large clinical validation trial performed in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco, has met its primary endpoint demonstrating that the Oncotype DX prostate cancer risk score can discern which early-stage patients are at risk of disease progression. The test analyzes tumor tissue prostate needle biopsies.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.