At his blog, NeuroDojo, Zen Faulkes contemplates the merits of using Google Scholar rather than PubMed for literature searches. He writes that he's "never warmed to PubMed, although I know many of my peers use it multiple times daily," and that, in his opinion, "Google Scholar has been the greatest thing since Otto Rohwedder’s invention.

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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.