It's probably not controversial to say that the discovery of fire improved the lives of early humans. But there were probably some harmful effects too, says The New York Times. Smoke could have burned their lungs, and char-coated food could have upped their chances for certain cancers.

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The New York Times Magazine writes that proteomics might be better poised than genomics to say when someone is falling ill.

Bloomberg profiles IndieBio, a startup incubator for the life sciences.

In an editorial, Nature calls for the end to the exploitation of foreign postdocs.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: collection of epigenome-wide association study data, updated BloodSpot database, and more.