An article in the Guardian wonders whether designer babies -- as well as IVF used to avoid having children with major diseases -- will ever be possible, considering our current lack of knowledge of gene function and how genes and environment interact. Vivienne Parry writes, "Altering genes isn't like editing a document in Word. DNA is an invisibly thin molecule coiled upon itself with the millions of letters that we can't see -- trying to alter just three letters without damaging anything else is a truly daunting task.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.