The Rising Stars

By sequencing the DNA of single neurons, Harvard Medical School's Gilad Evrony found that neurons that are situated right next to each other don't always share the same mutations. Evrony, who is on Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 list this year, further mapped these mutations back to their origins to find that many arise in brain cells over the course of a person's life.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.