The Scientist columnist Glenn McGee describes how he was swayed to help formulate an online bioethics course while at the Science Foo Camp (from “Socrates would not teach ethics on the Internet” to “I forgot Socrates and wanted to meet Steve Jobs”).

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.