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Cell lines aren't always what they are supposed to be, notes NPR's Richard Harris. A DNA test of a cancer cell line done a few years ago revealed that the supposed breast cancer cell line was, in actuality, a melanoma cell line.

But more than a thousand papers, Harris notes, had been published on the cell line, and despite articles being published revealing its contamination, some researchers continue to use it.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

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