Dartmouth's Gilbert Welch and UW's Wylie Burke teamed up to write an opinion piece in today's Newsday about the merits of consumer genomics. Though it sounds promising, they say the tests don't provide definitive information, especially about treatment. "We need more research, not pricey genomic scans. Until then, save your money, and spare your health," they write.

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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.