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Investigators in Brazil and the US explore the mutagenic effects of ultraviolet "A" (UVA) light in a cell line model of xeroderma pigmentosum — a recessively inherited genetic condition marked by lower-than-usual DNA damage repair and increased sunburn risk after UV light exposure.

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The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.

The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.

In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.