Not Keeping Up

The New England Journal of Medicine may be losing its relevance, ProPublica's Charles Ornstein reports. While getting an article published in the journal may make a young researcher's career, Ornstein writes that NEJM is resistant to ongoing changes in academic publishing, such as calls for increased openness in research.

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John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.