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In Nature Ecology & Evolution this week, an international research team reports the sequenced genomes of two giant tortoises — including Lonesome George, the last member of a now-extinct species of Galapagos Islands tortoises — yielding insights into the genetics of longevity and age-related disease. A comparison of the genomes to those of related species reveals lineage-specific variants affecting DNA repair genes, inflammatory mediators, and genes related to cancer development.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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