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New Japanese guidelines would allow for gene editing of human embryos for research purposes, according to Nature News.

With NIPT samples from more than 141,000 women in China, investigators retraced population structure, historical migrations, genetic associations, and more.

In Nature this week: gene editing for tomato domestication, genome assemblies of inbred mouse strains, and more.

Axcelead, a Japanese drug discovery service provider, will use the technology to include creation of genetically modified animals in its service offerings.

The blood-based test, called Melaseq, measures 38 circulating microRNAs that regulate processes that melanoma cells undergo as they become malignant.

In Genome Biology this week: DNA methylation in soybean accessions, genetic ancestry of Uralic speakers, and more.

In PNAS this week: rise of copy-number variants during neurogenesis, genetic and phenotypic variation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and more.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's James Allison and Kyoto University's Tasuku Honjo have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

In PLOS this week: genetic loci tied to chronic back pain, genetic diversity of vampire bat-borne Bartonella bacteria, and more.

A team led by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers found that ovarian tumors with complete BRCA1 methylation and silencing were more susceptible to treatment.

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A man has confessed to the rape and murder of developmental biologist Suzanne Eaton, according to the New York Times.

The Irish Times reports that US lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are concerned about ties between the US and Chinese genomics firms.

Parents of children with spinal muscular atrophy tell the Washington Post they are pushing to get insurance coverage of Novartis's Zolgensma.

In PNAS this week: gene mutations in individuals with syndromic craniosynostosis, putative colorectal cancer drivers, and more.