NEW YORK, July 22 - Creature by creature, the natural world is steadily yielding its secrets to the genome sequencers. Life forms move through decoding machines like beasts through a high-tech ark: first bacteria, then people and poodles, now rice, mice, and cattle.


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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.