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Robert MacWright has resigned as executive director of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, the university said this week.

MacWright, who will remain with UVPF through January, will become a partner in the Washington, DC, office of law firm Frommer Lawrence & Haug.

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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.