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Sequenom faces class action lawsuits on behalf of shareholders after the firm announced that it will delay the launch of a test for Down syndrome on discovering that employees had mishandled R&D test data and results. Sequenom CEO Harry Stylli said four employees had been suspended and that the company put a new team in place to oversee studies of its prenatal diagnostics.

John Rossi, co-founder of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, won the 2008 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' Editorial Board for work using microRNAs for gene silencing.

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As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

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.