Astronaut Scott Kelly is to launch into space today to begin a year living on the International Space Station while his twin brother Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, will remain earthbound, Discover's D-brief blog says.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

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