Among this year's new batch of MacArthur Foundation Fellows are computer scientist Craig Gentry and physicist Danielle Bassett.

Gentry, a research scientist at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, works on cryptography that may one day make cloud computing more secure, while Bassett, a physicist at the University of Pennsylvania, focuses on the connectivity of the human brain, work that may inform learning and lead to better understanding of psychiatric diseases.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.