The story of how life on Earth began may also be the story of how cancer develops, writes George Johnson in a column at the New York Times.

Some of the single cells floating in the primordial goo eventually came together to share resources and develop into multicellular organisms, he says. But some of these seemingly cooperative cells cheat and multiply on their own — turning into a tumor.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.