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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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NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.