On the list of books nominated for the UK's 2012 Royal Society Winston Prize for Science Books is Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein, Lone Frank's My Beautiful Genome, and The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe, among others. Previous winners include Bill Bryson, Jared Diamond, and Stephen Hawking. The judges will announce this year's winner at an event on Monday.

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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.