Stem Cells Push Back

The habit of putting handcuffs on human embryonic stem cell research might soon become a thing of the past, two news items point out today. Federal lawmakers want to get rid of three patents related to human embryonic stem cells, which could ease restrictions on future commercialization.

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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.