The organizers of Science Debate 2008 have decided to hold the discussion on April 18 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and have invited the four remaining presidential candidates, reports Wired blogs. Though folks pushing for the debate hope to hear the candidates delve into meaty issues -- climate change, energy research, stem cells, evolution -- veteran science journalist Andy Revkin is pessimistic.

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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.