Michelle Lee, the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, has resigned, IP Watchdog reports. It adds that she submitted a letter of resignation with apparently immediate effect.

In a note to her staff, Lee wrote that "[i]t has been a tremendous honor to serve our country for the past several years."

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: hair color genes, hybridization between 13-year and 17-year cicadas, and more.

Futurism writes that gene doping could be the next generation of cheating in sports.