Excitement and Risk

The allure of the CRISPR gene-editing approach is that it is relatively easy to perform. But that also means, New Scientist notes, people can tinker with it from the comfort of their own homes, raising regulatory concerns.

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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.