When the roundworm Caenorhabditis briggsae became capable of self-fertilization, that ability may have triggered the loss of thousands of genes, the New York Times reports.

"Many of these genes had been around, and were presumably needed, for tens of millions of years or longer," senior author Eric Haag from the University of Maryland tells the Times.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

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