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Aldous Huxley would be proud. Britain's bookstores have finally been graced with Ronald Green's book, Babies by Design, published last November in the US. In it, Green speaks to "directed human evolution," where parents are able to make use of the current state of genetic research to sculpt whatever kind of perfection -- or imperfection -- they want into the DNA of an unborn fetus.

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An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.