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Astronauts have successfully used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology in space for the first time, says the Genes in Space initiative. The technology was used on the International Space Station (ISS) to induce targeted breaks in the yeast genome. The purpose of the experiment is to track the molecular changes the yeast makes as it repairs the breaks, in order to see if it can provide insights on how cells repair their DNA in space.

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

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In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.