Wired has a couple of articles on stem cell news. One reports that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, launched as a funding source for scientists working with embryonic stem cells, will now award as much as $13 million for research into "techniques that do not destroy human embryos," according to the story. "It's a shift from the institute's original goal of funding mostly embryonic stem cell research."

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As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.