Scientists looking to analyze which genes are active in which cells can either pay a company like Affymetrix to provide the technology or they can now put together the equipment themselves, using instructions and software freely available off the Internet. David Botstein and Patrick Brown at Stanford University head one of the world’s most prolific bioinformatics labs in academia, and they’re giving away the manual.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.