Waseda University has announced that it has rescinded Haruko Obokata's doctoral degree, Retraction Watch reports. Obokata was the first author on the 2014 Nature papers, since retracted, that purported to show that stimuli like low pH could revert cells to an embryonic stem cell-like state.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.