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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.

A commentary appearing in Nature calls for the establishment of a research policy board in the US.

Standards Needed

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

Letting Them Know

A new report urges investigators to routinely consider returning research results to study participants, according to Stat News.

A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issues a new report on sexual harassment in the sciences.

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Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.