Here's a post from Michael Calore on Wired's Blog Network about a new report on Microsoft Vista's security performance. In the system's first year of availability, the report says, Vista had fewer vulnerability issues than several other (Microsoft and non-MS) operating systems required in their first years. Here's the punchline: the report was cooked up and issued by Microsoft's security team.

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

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