This newswire story reports that some watchdog groups are protesting recently published research demonstrating what may be the first time scientists genetically altered a human embryo. The scientist leading the study, Zev Rosenwaks at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, says that the work centered around stem cells and that the embryo in question was chosen because it was abnormal and could never actually have developed into a viable baby.

 

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.