This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a group of industry and academic researchers warn about the potential dangers of using genome-editing technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 on the human germ line. In the commentary, the scientists call for a moratorium on efforts to modify fertilized human germline cells, arguing that the ethical and safety concerns are too great, and the therapeutic benefits too unproven, with such work.

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

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

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.