A couple of years ago, at TIGR’s Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference, the microarray was an upstart technology that most speakers ignored because it had little to do with the main topic of discussion — sequencing.

But at this year’s conference, held in Savannah, Ga. (Sept. 21-24), microarrays were almost a given: At least 12 of the 34 speakers wove microarray technology into their talks, more as a taken-for-granted-as-indispensable tool of genomic research than as the object of such research.

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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.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

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