The Washington Post reports that the National Institutes of Health has approved 13 additional human embryonic stem cell lines as eligible for federal funding this week. On the list is H9 — the most widely used hESC line, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison-affiliated WiCell Research Institute, which had previously been approved under the administration of former President Bush.

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DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

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