Big data and access to that data is not just an issue in genomics. Social scientists are also running into problems getting access to repositories of data, like those for cell phone or Internet activity, reports The New York Times. "Many of the emerging 'big data' come from private sources that are inaccessible to other researchers.

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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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