Raynard Kington, acting director of NIH, said last week that the agency had received more than 20,000 comments on its proposed stem cell guidelines and now the number of comments is thought to be even higher, reports Science Insider. One concern expressed in the comments sifted through thus far include that the ethical requirements of the draft guidelines will prohibit the use of many existing human embryonic stem cell lines, including the ones approved by the Bush Administration.

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Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

In Genome Biology this week: post-transcriptional modification-based stratification of glioblastoma, single-cell analysis of gene expression and methylation in human iPSCs, and more.