A Quick Primer

The Washington Post rounds up how scientific thought on genes has evolved since Gregor Mendel tended his pea plants. It’s a good place to send those English majors who don’t quite understand how biology has changed from "one gene, one protein" to include non-coding elements, those insulators, micro-RNAs, exon-splicing enhancers, or 3'-untranslated hairpins that regulate the protein-encoding genes.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.