In NEJM this week, a team of US researchers reports a study comparing the efficacy of radical prostatectomy versus observation for reducing mortality in patients with localized prostate cancer. The team randomly assigned 731 men with localized prostate cancer to either the radical prostatectomy or observation group — after a median follow-up of 10 years, 47 percent of the men assigned to the radical prostatectomy group had died, compared to 49.9 percent of the men in the observation group.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.