This Week in PNAS

In an article appearing in this week's PNAS Early Edition, an international team led by investigators at the University of British Columbia reports using mutagenesis and mass spectrometry techniques to find that, "besides directing ORF2 translation, the Israeli acute paralysis dicistrovirus IRES also directs ORFx translation." The team shows that the latter form "is mediated by a U-G base pair adjacent to the P-site tRNA-mimicking domain." The team also detected an ORFx peptide in v

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

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