For the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative, which is "designed to assess how to divvy up scarce public funds," the Australian federal government has come up with a new ranking system for academic journals to measure success and rank the overall performance of universities across the country, according to ABC Radio National. As part of the new system, journals are assigned to hierarchical categories; they can be A-star-, A-, B-, or C-ranked journals.

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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.