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Altering the human germline through genome editing needs further ethical discussion by the scientific community, the White House says.

"The Administration believes that altering the human germline for clinical purposes is a line that should not be crossed at this time," writes John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in a blog post.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.