Even though there are some 20,000 genes in the human genome, the same ones capture the attention of researchers over and over again, the Atlantic reports. It notes that it's not necessarily because those genes are important or interesting — though some are — but because those are the genes that could be studied with older investigation techniques.

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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.