Epigenetic Response

Some scientists are taking issue with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee's piece in the New Yorker on epigenetics. In it, Mukherjee explores the relationship between nature and nurture and how that might be mediated by epigenetics. He starts his article off by sharing the story of his mother and her identical twin sister.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.