The Hot New Method

Genome editing is "the new black," writes Rafal Marszalek at BioMed Central's On Biology blog.

However, Marszalek notes that genome editing has been around for some time with researchers relying on TALENs and ZFNs to do the work, though the current craze is centered on the CRISPR/Cas9 system, which gained notice in 2012 through publications from Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier and from Feng Zhang and Luciano Marrafini.

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The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, writes.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.