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Alan Gewirtz, professor of hematology/oncology at the University of Pennsylvania and antisense researcher, died last month.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gewirtz died of lung cancer.

He was born in New York City, and received an AB in marine biology from Colgate University in 1971 and an MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976. He joined Penn in 1990, and became a member of the school's Institute for Human Gene Therapy in 1993.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.

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