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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In a statement, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says sexual harassment is "morally indefensible" and "unacceptable."

Octopuses might owe their intelligence to their liberal alterations to their genes, Cosmos reports.

Stat News and ProPublica report that African Americans are underrepresented in cancer clinical trials.

In Cell this week: genomic analysis of abdominal aortic aneurysm, effect of probiotics on the microbiome, and more.