The UK Parliament has voted to allow the so-called 'three-parent embryo' or mitochondrial transfer procedure, the Guardian reports. The House of Commons vote was 382 to 128.

The in vitro technique involves using nuclear DNA from two parents and mitochondrial DNA from a donor to prevent mitochondrial disorders from being passed on to the child.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.