What we’ve been reading: Week of May 4, 2015

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Apple Has Plans for Your DNA (MIT Technology Review)
Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to help launch apps that would offer iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested.

Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot (NPR)
Mark Prausnitz – a professor at Georgia Teach – is collaborating with the CDC and a group at Emory University to create an “ouchless” bandage-like vaccine.

Splice of life (Nature)
In light of the recent news that Chinese scientists genetically modified human embryos, the author calls for transparent discussions on the risks and ethics of editing human embryos.

Early Puberty: Causes and Effects (Scientific American)
Scientists fear that precocious development—a trend that is not slowing—may increase young girls’ risk for cancer or other illnesses later in life.

‘Tale of Two Cities’ Widens Worldwide for Children (The New York Times)
Save the Children’s annual report reveals a worsening child survival divide between the rich and poor in urban communities worldwide, including the United States.

Premature birth alters brain connections (ScienceDaily)
A new study led by King’s College London is helping researchers to better understand why premature birth is linked to a greater risk of neurological problems.

How Much?! Global Spending on Cancer Medicines Hit $100B Last Year (The Wall Street Journal)
A report from the IMS Institute finds that worldwide spending on oncology treatments is up 10.3 percent, due to earlier diagnosis, longer treatment and some improved effectiveness.