The New Yeast

New York University's Jef Boeke and his colleagues are working on re-writing the yeast genome, the Associated Press reports.

Boeke and his colleagues are re-working the yeast genome to not only get a better grasp of the structure and function of a genome, but also to be able to begin to modify it to be better able to produce pharmaceuticals or biofuels, according to the AP.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.