Just a Few More Weeks

The World Health Organization says that a test to detect the Zika virus is only weeks away, the New York Times reports.

The Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly in infants whose mothers were infected, has been spreading throughout Latin America. The virus has also been associated with Guillan-Barré syndrome, though that link is still under investigation, the Times notes.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.