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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.

For a Student Focus

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calls for changing metrics to make STEM graduate school more student-centered, according to Science.

A Path to the Door

The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are to consider policy changes to be able to remove members who have committed sexual harassment, Science reports.

Inder Verma had been on leave from PNAS since December after three female scientists at the Salk Institute filed a lawsuit claiming gender discrimination.

US National Academy of Sciences panel calls for the creation of an organization to bolster research integrity.

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Australia will not be regulating gene editing of plants, animals, and human cell lines as long as no new genetic material is incorporated, reports Nature News.

The Washington Post reports that the US Department of Agriculture told its researchers to label peer-reviewed articles as "preliminary" work.

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of both the coast redwood and the giant sequoia, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PNAS this week: study of epigenetic patterns in mammalian eggs, clonal expansion patterns in CD8+ T cells, and more.