Japanese government

Call for More

Japan's science ministry wants a budget increase of about 20 percent, Science reports.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reports that a Japanese government panel has decided not to regulate some types of gene editing. 

The firm's ROS1 gene fusion kit was approved as a companion diagnostic for Pfizer's Xalkori.

The Japan Times says regulations are needed to oversee human genome-editing research.

Got to Get Ahead

Japan needs to catch up on its gene-editing research efforts, the Japan News writes.

Japan is creating its first biosafety level-4 lab in response to concerns about the Ebola outbreak, Nature News reports.

The center, based in Yokohama, Japan, will likely purchase at least one single-molecule sequencer in order to avoid PCR-induced bias in Cap Analysis of Gene Expression, a method its researchers developed.

Octopuses might owe their intelligence to their liberal alterations to their genes, Cosmos reports.

Stat News and ProPublica report that African Americans are underrepresented in cancer clinical trials.

In Cell this week: genomic analysis of abdominal aortic aneurysm, effect of probiotics on the microbiome, and more.

The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.