The next Genes in Space competition is open from now until its April 20th deadline, the contest organizer has announced.

The competition, which is sponsored by miniPCR, Math for America, Boeing, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and New England Biolabs, asks students to submit their ideas for a space-exploration problem that can be addressed using DNA analysis.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.