The Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group announced last week that its organizing the Critical Assessment of Protein Function Annotations, or CAFA — an experiment designed to assess computational methods for predicting protein function.

CAFA organizers said that they are currently seeking participants for the experiment, for which final results will be presented at the AFP SIG meeting to be held at the 2011 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology conference in Vienna.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.