This article from the Wall Street Journal ($) reports on a consortium that will shut down a series of cancer clinical trials due to insufficient federal funding. The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups will reduce its trials by some 3,000 patients this year, which will mostly affect studies of less common cancers, according to the article.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.