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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 UK and the European Union have come to a sticking point in the negotiation of how the UK might remain involved in the Horizon Europe research program, the Guardian reports.

The New York Times reports that experts pushed during a meeting of an FDA advisory board for the agency to require more safety data from SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials.

The Washington Post reports Moderna expects that it will have enough data on its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to submit to regulatory authorities by mid-November.

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