If the sequestration cuts go into effect at the beginning of March, it will be a "profound and devastating blow" to biomedical research in the US, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins tells Politico. The original deadline to avoid those cuts was at the beginning of January, but lawmakers were able to come to an agreement to delay their enactment.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.