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Criteria Not Yet Met

An international committee finds genome editing is not yet ready to be used on human embryos.

According to ScienceInsider, the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine is planning a study of racism in academic research.

More Names Added

The Guardian reports that a letter criticizing President Donald Trump's dismissal of science has garnered more signatures during the pandemic.

Frank Press Dies

Frank Press, who served as chief science advisor to US President Jimmy Carter, has died, according to the New York Times.

Bit Too Casual

According to CBS News, US National Academy of Sciences had to take down a video and tweet it posted earlier this week on gene editing.

The NAM, NAS, and Royal Society have formed a commission to develop a framework on the proper use of genome editing, and convened its first meeting in Washington, DC, this week.

US National Academy of Science has voted to allow members who violate its code of conduct to be expelled, according to ScienceInsider.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The commission will develop a framework for scientists, clinicians, and regulatory authorities on the appropriate use of human germline genome editing. 

In an initial vote, the US National Academy of Sciences approved an amendment to allow the expulsion of members who violate its code of conduct, according to the Verge.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.