A team of German researchers this week reported on the discovery that a microRNA — miR-155 — plays a key role in the differentiation of brown and beige adipocytes, suggesting that the small, non-coding RNA could be a target for treating obesity.
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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.
Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.
In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.
Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.