In trying to overcome RNAi’s delivery hurdle, many researchers are experimenting with viral vectors, liposomal formulations, hydrodynamic administration, and the like. But one privately held company, Cyntellect, has taken a different tack: the company’s platform uses lasers to temporarily permeablize cells for transfection. Although the technology is not commercially available, Cyntellect has already signed several deals to pilot test the technology for interested parties, one of which is to purchase a prototype of the platform this year.

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As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

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