Measurements, thankfully, have been better standardized since the days of 12th-century Henry I, when a yard was defined as the distance from the tip of the king’s nose to the end of his outstretched thumb.

If all goes as planned, standardization may be in order for microarrays and new genomic and proteomic technologies for the detection and characterization of molecules, thanks to eight new contracts awarded to the Teddington, UK-based company LGC, by the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.