James Watson's Nobel Prize is expected to fetch up to $3.5 million at a Christie's auction early next month, Reuters reports.

Watson received the Nobel in 1962 along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins for their work uncovering the double helix structure of DNA. This is, Reuters says, the first time the Nobel of a living recipient has gone up for sale.

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