Until recently, aspiring bioinformaticists were faced with few educational options. With only a handful of formal bioinformatics degree programs to choose from through the 1980s and most of the 1990s, the greater part of the field’s present workforce is made up of biologists or computer scientists who were able to bridge the gap between the two fields in a number of ways — through self-teaching, acquiring multiple degrees, or individualized tracks within biology or computer science degree programs.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.