Cui Bono?

In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe wants to know, of what value is a scientific background in jobs not relating to research, or in life in general? The "ideas of a scientist's world view," he says, are pretty "basic." First, the natural world goes on no matter what humans think or believe at any given moment. Next, the natural world conforms to a set of rules — these could be complex, but they can be figured out.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.