Adaptive Complexity's Michael White thinks that the presidential candidates need to think about appointing a chief science adviser as soon as possible, according to a report from the National Academies. In order to have the best advice possible handy, the next administration needs to hit the ground running, he says.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.