A government panel in Japan has decided not to regulate some types of gene editing, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK.

The panel concluded that genetic recombination regulations encompass the insertion of new genes into organisms, NHK reports. But these regulations, it adds, do not include genome editing in which mutations are created at a targeted site and no new gene is inserted.

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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, NJ.com writes.

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.

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