In an early public skirmish in what may well become a long battle over ethical questions that are at the core of human biology, medicine, and research, four intellectuals gathered on a stage in New York City last night to debate whether or not there should be a ban on the use of genetic engineering to improve human babies.

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In PLOS this week: oral microbiomes of dogs and their owners, Plasmodium vivax population structure, and more.

The American Society of Human Genetics has issued a position statement on genetic testing of children.

The White House seeks to update how biotechnology products are regulated.

Team science leads some researchers to get lost in the shuffle, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.