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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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.