Editas Medicine says that it will be testing CRISPR-based gene editing in people by 2017, according to Technology Review.

At the EmTech conference, CEO Katrine Bosley said the startup — co-founded by the Broad Institute's Feng Zhang — plans to start a clinical trial within two years to test the use of gene editing to treat Leber congenital amaurosis, a rare form of blindness affecting the retina.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.