It doesn't turn into a bat, but it can suck the life out of other organisms. In a new paper in BMC Genomics researchers published the sequence of the predatory bacterium Micavibrio aeruginosavorus, which they say could be used to develop a powerful antibiotic, reports Douglas Main at the 80beats blog.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.