Taking into account recent developments in biomedical technology over the last 20 years or so, a new document backed by Pope Benedict XVI called "Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person), an Instruction of Certain Bioethical Questions," reasserts the Vatican's opposition to embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, and human cloning. The morning after pill and other similar drugs were called "gravely immoral," says a BBC story.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.