Beam the MinIon Up

NASA plans to test out Oxford Nanopore Technologies' MinIon to see whether it's possible to sequence DNA in space. If it is, the agency says that the approach can be applied to study how space affects organisms' DNA, track the health of the crew, and possibly identify DNA-based life from elsewhere in the universe.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

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As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher 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.