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In an editorial, Nature's team explains the rationale behind asking for independent verification of the primate cloning paper that has already seen lots of media attention. The editorial makes it clear that the decision to obtain second-party verification was based on past problems in the cloning arena, rather than any misgivings about the research team behind the latest paper.

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Technology Review reports that sickle cell patients are optimistic about gene editing to treat their disease, but are worried about how available it will be.

In Nature this week: babies born by caesarean section are more likely to have altered gut microbiota profiles, and more.

A new paper says an effort to introduce gene drives into mosquitos altered the genetic makeup of the local mosquitos, but the company behind the project says the paper is flawed.

Virginia's Department of Forensic Science is offering attorneys a course on DNA testing, the Virginian-Pilot reports.