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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 World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.