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Informed consent is no longer serving its purpose, and it's creating more confusion than it is clearing up, says Nature News' Erika Check Hayden. For example, when 23andMe announced it had patented a method to predict the risk of Parkinson's disease, many customers were unhappy, saying they didn't remember consenting to that.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.