NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has granted a license to scientists at the Francis Crick Institute to use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in human embryos as part of research on embryo development.

Led by group leader Kathy Niakan, the research will seek to identify genes important to the first seven days of embryo development, as the embryo grows from a single cell into a cluster of more than 200 cells.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.

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With the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), genomes sequencing has been democratized over the last decades with the detection of genomic alterations, thus replacing Sanger sequencing.