Gene Drives Ahead

The UN Convention on Biodiversity rejected at a meeting this week calls for a ban on gene drives, Nature News reports.

Gene drives can spread modified genes through populations, raising both hopes that the technology could be used to combat diseases like malaria that are spread by insects, but also concerns that making such changes could have broader ecological effects.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.