NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – NextCode Health and the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) said today they have formed a partnership to help speed sequencing-related autism research.

Under the partnership, the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), sequence and phenotypic datasets from nearly 2,600 families, will be available on NextCode Exchange, a newly launched genomic data analysis and collaboration service.

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As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

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.