NEW YORK, March 21 - A project to develop an integrated genetic and physical map of the maize genome is roughly halfway done.

The integrated map will allow a gene or genetic trait to be cross referenced to a location on the physical map. It will also provide a template for mapping and identification of the roughly 30,000 to 50,000 genes in the maize genome.

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The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

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In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.