Researchers in France have used proteomic techniques to try to understand the molecular mechanisms that enable a parasitic hairworm to "brainwash" its grasshopper host into committing suicide by jumping into water, where the adult worm is able to begin reproducing.

What they found is that the worm relies on mimetic proteins that are very similar to certain proteins found in insects in order to manipulate its host's behavior.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.

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