This Week in Nature

Scientists have found proof for the function of so-called junk DNA. As the first part of the 4-year-old ENCODE project, an international consortium looked at 1% of the genome, finding that much of it is transcribed.

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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.

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

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

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