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US President Barack Obama announced new members of his Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The panel will be led by the University of Pennsylvania's Amy Gutmann, and also includes the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center's Christine Grady, the University of California, San Francisco's Stephen Hauser, and Harvard Medical School's Raju Kucherlapati.

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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.