The DNA of the Piece

The art world is considering using synthetic DNA signatures as a means of tagging genuine works of art, the New York Times reports.

The community, the Times notes, has been rocked by fakes in the market — the prestigious Knoedler Gallery in New York was found to have sold dozens of forgeries before it shut in 2011.

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

Futurism writes that gene doping could be the next generation of cheating in sports.

In Nature this week: hair color genes, hybridization between 13-year and 17-year cicadas, and more.