With its Discovery Studio 1.5 modeling platform scheduled to begin shipping just after the new year, Accelrys is putting the finishing touches on a system that CEO Mark Emkjer recently called one of the "most significant product releases in our company's history."

To prepare for the launch, the company carried out several rounds of usability testing to ensure that the new product met user needs — a "relatively new" strategy for Accelrys, according to David Edwards, director of life sciences at the company.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.

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