This week, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins named Judith Greenberg acting director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Greenberg will take the helm at NIGMS early next month as current Director Jeremy Berg departs the agency, though "the search continues for permanent director," the NIH says in a statement.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.