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Andrew Yates reviews Stewart Scherer's A Short Guide to the Human Genome. It's not, he says, a book for laypeople but for scientists with a grounding in molecular biology and interested in genomics. As such, the book expects you to add your own context, says Yates. It contains a fair few factoids including these that Yates posted: "How big is the largest protein? 33,423 amino acids (titin, which is encoded by the TTN gene). The smallest?

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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.