In the Dec. 9 SN: Lessons from the Pliocene, searching for new ways to fight MS, a supernova on repeat, the great gene drive debate, spider sleep secrets, an ailing boy gets new skin, kleptopredation and more.
BREAKING AWAY Breast cancer cells (shown growing in a lab dish) move through the body in clusters. New research may shed light on how the clusters enter the bloodstream.
Tom Misteli, Karen Meaburn/NCI Center for Cancer Research
PUMP IT UP A new type of CRISPR/Cas9-based gene therapy turned on muscle-building genes in mice that have muscular dystrophy. Muscle fibers (magenta) from mice that got the therapy (right) were bigger than fibers from untreated animals (left).
H.-K. Liao et al/Cell 2017
PILL PURGE New opioid prescribing guidelines tested over a five-month period in Michigan kept thousands of opioid pills like these from being unnecessarily doled out, researchers say.