It's not easy being genetically modified. In the UK, where anti-GMO sentiment is still strong, the Guardian reports that David King, the outgoing chief scientific advisor to the government, was using his farewell speech to promote GMO goodwill. He went so far as to say that these foods "are likely to be safer to eat than conventionally produced crops," according to the article, and said that public concerns were largely unfounded.

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

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

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.