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Gene Drives Ahead

The UN Convention on Biodiversity has rejected a moratorium on gene drives, Nature News says.

The organization's bioethics committee called for a moratorium on germline editing and regulations on personal genomic testing.

Twelve member nations and the UN have joined the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources, an effort to share the benefits of global genetics resources.

Qiagen will supply ESE-Quant Tube Scanners to national health authorities in 35 emerging countries in Africa, Asia, and South America under the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme in veterinary diseases.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.