This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a group of Japanese scientists identify a gene that enables certain rice varieties to grow taller rapidly in response to rising floodwaters. Performing a genome-wide association study using a range of rice varieties, the researchers found that when deepwater rice varieties are submerged,  they amplify a signaling relay in which the gene SD1 is transcriptionally activated and increases synthesis of gibberellins — compounds that promote internode elongation.

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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.