This Week in Science

In this week's Science, researchers from Stanford University report how genomic analysis has opened the door to easier production of the chemotherapy agent etoposide. Used in combination with other agents for the treatment of a wide range of cancers, etoposide is currently synthesized using a chemical precursor called podophyllotoxin, which can only be obtained from the slow-growing Himalayan mayapple plant.

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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.