President Barack Obama signed a memorandum yesterday that established a White House taskforce to tackle cancer, the New York Times reports.

The taskforce will be led by Vice President Joe Biden and will include members from about a dozen government agencies, the Times says, noting that its first meeting is to be Monday.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.