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Charles Darwin continues to be everywhere as the build-up to the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species and his 200th birthday -- Philadelphia is organizing a "Year of Evolution." The UK's Observer recounts the now-famous story of how Darwin was spurred to action by Alfred Russel Wallace coming up with the same idea.

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An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.