New York artist Kunié Sugiura created the photogram of MIT biologist Phillip Sharp that appears on our cover and on p. 36 during a visit to his lab in January. Sugiura, who creates camera-less photographs by placing her subject in front of photographic paper and exposing them to light, says she asked Sharp to “bring some things that represent who he is and what he does” to the sitting. He held the string to represent RNA splicing, for which he won a Nobel Prize in 1993.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.