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The US Senate has confirmed Stephen Hahn as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, according to the New York Times.

That Rude Reviewer

ScienceInsider reports that rude and unprofessional paper reviewers are common and can have harmful effects.

CNBC reports Apple is partnering with Color Genomics to offer its employees free DNA screening for disease.

In Science this week: researchers use CRISPR tool to find gut microbiome molecules involved in immunity, and more.

A genetic alteration appears to increase heart failure risk among people of African descent, according to the Washington Post.

Gene editing could be an issue competitive sports need to address soon, four researchers from Arizona State University write at Slate.

A Different Future

In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.

Science reports a new US defense bill would establish two groups aimed at combating foreign influence on research. 

Nobel Representation

In a cartoon, Vox explores the lack of women among this year's winners of the Nobel Prize.

Nature Biotechnology discusses promising early results from two clinical trials of CRISPR-based therapy for β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

In Cell this week: analysis of tissue clones, metagenomic studies of ocean water samples, and more.

Forensic genetic firm Verogen has bought the genetic genealogy site GEDmatch.

Researchers have 3D-printed plastic bunnies that encase the information needed to make more such bunnies in DNA, according to Discover magazine.

Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor and executive producer of a new documentary, writes at the Guardian that everyone needs to know about CRISPR.

In PNAS this week: analysis of FOXA1 upregulation in ER-positive breast cancer, gene editing to correct recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, and more.

Taking It All On

60 Minutes speaks with Harvard's George Church about tackling the effects of aging and more.

The New York Times reports on an effort to address in high school biology classes misconceptions regarding race and genetics.

In PLOS this week: rare alterations in Timothy syndrome, analysis of twins' gut microbiomes, and more.

Oh, You're Aging Well

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

Sweet Assembly

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Unexpected Close

GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.

Cleared the Committee

The Washington Post reports that a US Senate committee voted this week to approve the nomination of Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

Nature News reports that gene therapy approaches are tackling sickle cell disease, but that the cost of treatment is a concern.

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ScienceInsider reports that rude and unprofessional paper reviewers are common and can have harmful effects.

The US Senate has confirmed Stephen Hahn as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, according to the New York Times.

CNBC reports Apple is partnering with Color Genomics to offer its employees free DNA screening for disease.

In Science this week: researchers use CRISPR tool to find gut microbiome molecules involved in immunity, and more.