Hope and Concern

To some people, three-person IVF or mitochondrial replacement is hope for preventing mitochondrial diseases from being passed on to the next generation, while to others, it is the beginning of the development of designer babies, the New York Times Magazine says.

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration regulates this technique, and recently held a hearing to consider allowing clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.