NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Stem cell technology developer Cellular Dynamics International said today it has inked a collaborative agreement with the Hamner Institute to develop predictive in vitro screening assays to be used in toxicity testing and risk assessment.

The Research Triangle Park, NC-based firm said the human induced pluripotent stem cell assays will enable chemical, environmental, and pharmaceutical toxicology assessments without the use of animal models.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.