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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.

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.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.