Sheen of Science

Some scientific terms become co-opted by quackery, writes Adam Rutherford at the Observer, adding that 'epigenetics' appears to be the latest victim.

Previously, the most commonly appropriated term has been 'quantum,' he says, as it "offer[s] up some mystical scienceyness, none more so than in 'quantum healing.'" But epigenetics, with its connotation that you can control your genes and who you are is gaining ground.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.