Celera Genomics took a decisive step toward its goal of becoming a fully integrated drug discovery company last week with its acquisition of Axys Pharmaceuticals in a stock transaction valued at $173.4 million.

While the Rockvile, Md.-based company has been telling investors for months that it intended to make an aggressive push toward the clinic, the merger marks the first external move Celera has taken to expand its resources beyond its core capabilities.

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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.