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Will They Still Love You with Brown Eyes?

A fertility clinic in Los Angeles says it will soon offer couples a choice of gender and physical traits in the PGD process. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis has been used since the 1990s to help couples screen for embryos with fatal genetic defects, but this takes that process to a new level thanks to advances in genetic research. While the director of the Fertility Institutes clinic says it's "cosmetic medicine," it will probably face strong mainstream opposition, says an article in the Wall Street Journal. "It's technically feasible and it can be done," says Mark Hughes, director of Genesis Genetics Institute in Detroit. However, "no legitimate lab would get into it and, if they did, they'd be ostracized."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.