Julia Karow

This article, originally published Sept. 23, has been updated with comments from researchers.

Helicos BioSciences has demonstrated that its platform can be used to directly sequence single molecules of RNA, without prior conversion to cDNA, a capability the company said could have advantages for analyzing small amounts of RNA or short RNAs and for providing unbiased sampling of transcriptomes.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.