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Since it burst onto the scientific scene in 2012, CRISPR/Cas9 has been "hailed as dramatically easier, cheaper, and more versatile than previous technologies" for altering genomes, says Nature News.

But it's not perfect, and researchers are already looking for alternatives.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.