From the Wall Street Journal today, David Wessel reports on how "prize philanthropy" is pushing innovation in a number of fields, including science. Competitions such as the X Prize have helped stimulate advances in everything from complex algorithm development to rocket science (literally) -- and now, possibly, to genomics.

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The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.