In Genome Biology this week, researchers in France report their investigation of the diversity of bacterial genomes at the species level via a systematic analysis of the variable segments detected by multiple whole genome alignments of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pyogenes.

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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.

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

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

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