Smoke Effect

Humans and Neanderthals differ at site that falls within ligand-binding domain of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) gene, according to a Pennsylvania State University-based team of researchers. They suggest that this difference may have enabled humans to better tolerate smoke from cooking fires.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.