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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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.