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 PNAS this week: transcript patterns in drug-resistant cancer cells, function of high-altitude adaption gene, and more.

Monitoring gene expression changes could help sniff out athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, New Scientist says.

The University of Southern California lodges a cross-complaint in its legal dispute with the University of California, San Diego, over a large Alzheimer's disease project.

In PLOS this week: gene fusion in premature ovarian failure, population patterns in the Franciscana dolphin, and more.