Emily Crow at Bitesize Bio puts a spin on a recent post about kitchenware you can use in the lab by creating her list of labware she'd like to use in her home — stir plates and stir bars are at the top of the list. "Can you imagine making risotto on a stir plate? Just start up the spin function, and you won’t have to stand over a hot pot for 30 minutes just to make a tasty dinner," she writes.

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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.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.