You can't open Google Alerts these days without finding some mention of 23andMe or a similar competitor -- so Sandra Porter takes the opportunity to post a blog entry on quality scores in DNA sequencing. The post is brief but ends with a few sample quality plots for DNA sequence reads, and Porter quizzes readers on which elements they can correctly identify. How good are you?

 

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

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.