Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology this week published research suggesting that the suppression of a specific microRNA by the hepatitis B virus is responsible for the cancer growth and metastasis that is sometimes caused by the infection.

Although the data were generated in cell culture and in a mouse xenograft model, the findings could point to a new target for cancer treatment, the authors wrote in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.