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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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.