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This Week in Science

In Science this week: recombination hotspots, journal website hijacking, and more.

Based on comparisons between piRNA clusters in mouse, rat, and other mammalian genomes, University of Michigan researchers found evidence that piRNAs are likely under positive selection and capable of rapid expansion.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is now participating in Horizon's "Targeting Cancer Consortium," in which the company supplies its gene-engineering platform to academic researchers, who create cellular disease models that Horizon in-licenses and sells to drug makers.

An international research team has sequenced the 1.4 million base pair genome of a Wolbachia pipientis strain that infects Drosophila simulans and causes cytoplasmic incompatibility during the fly's mating process.

CalTech's Peter Bossaerts and colleagues studied whether giving participants equal shares of an invention, and the right to trade them, is better than existing patent models. Bossaerts discussed some of the study's implications for current patent-based economies in a BTW interview.

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.