Biotech company Geron, long known for its pioneering research on stem cells, has announced that it will no longer conduct such research, reports New Scientist's Andy Coghlan. Geron's stem cell program was the largest in the world, and currently runs trials to treat various disorders and diseases with stem cell therapies, including one to treat people with spinal injuries, Coghlan says.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.