This opinion piece, from the chair of the biochemistry department at the University of Utah med school, says that the funding crunch in biomedicine will drive talented people away from careers in research. "The loss of future discoveries," he writes in the Salt Lake Tribune, "would be significant."

Here at GTO, we like to think of the funding crunch as the problem that keeps on giving.

 

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DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

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