Herpes establishes itself within people's nerve cells and infects them for life, but the Smithsonian writes that some researchers are exploring whether genome editing could be used to target and disable the virus.

It notes that about two-thirds of people are infected with either herpes simplex virus -1HSV-1 or HSV-2 and many don't even know they carry it.

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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.