Here's a BBC story about a team of scientists in Florence who want to exhume the remains of Galileo Galilei with the goal of testing his DNA to figure out why he went blind. They also plan to compare his DNA to that of the woman he's buried with to confirm that she's his daughter. But the rector of the basilica housing the remains opposes the idea, describing it as disrespectful, 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.