In response to a post at Nature's Nautilus that scoffs at papers with more than 20 contributing authors, blogger RPM points out that some disciplines need a lot of people to complete a project. In genome sequencing projects, RPM says, several people take part in proposing the idea, actually sequencing the genome, assembling it, and analyzing the sequence.

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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.