Change the Microbes

By tweaking microbial circumstances, farmers are trying to change modern agriculture, Wired writes.

The agricultural company Indigo, it notes, sells bacteria to be sprayed onto seeds, potentially replacing fertilizers. Some 50,000 acres of cotton treated with an Indigo product to help the plant better grow in low-water conditions are to be harvested this fall, Wired reports.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.