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The Scan

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.

One gene regulates hundreds of others to influence facial development, according to New Scientist.

In Nature this week: resources for single-cell analysis, little overlap in the microRNAs used by Salmonella and Shigella to infect host cells, and more.

Researchers are sampling the wild relatives of modern crops to try to preserve genetic diversity, NPR reports.

Undark reports on a bill introduced this year to the US House of Representatives to strengthen scientific integrity.

Might as Well Look

MIT's Search for Extraterrestrial Genomes is developing sequencing tools to use to try to detect whether there is any life on Mars, Quartz reports.

In Genome Research this week: post-zygotic mutations in diabetes development, single-cell RNA sequencing study of aging, and more.

Claims and Data

MIT's Technology Review has published excerpts from researcher He Jiankui's unpublished manuscript describing how he edited the genomes of twin girls as embryos with commentary.

From DNA to Faces

The New York Times describes efforts in China to develop DNA phenotyping and issues that work brings up.

Can't Attend

Society for American Archaeology members voted to prevent individuals who have been found to have committed sexual harassment from attending its meetings, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: metatranscriptomic analyses of soil viruses, links between endogenous retroviruses and memory impairment in fruit flies, and more.

Pages

A federal judge has ruled that drug companies, device manufacturers, and universities need to provide missing clinical data from hundreds of trials to a federal website, ScienceInsider reports.

A genetic analysis suggests red pandas might actually belong to two different species, New Scientist reports.

NPR reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has fixed the problem with some of its SARS-CoV-2 testing kits.

In Nature this week: epigenetic factors that prevent healthy aging and more.