Bitten to the Quick

At his blog, Jonathan Eisen has awarded his 'Overselling the Microbiome' award to the New York Times for its coverage of a study that found that kids who sucked their thumbs or bit their nails were less likely to develop allergies.

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DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

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