This Week in Nature

In Nature Biotechnology this week, a team of South Korean scientists presents a study demonstrating DNA-free genome editing in plants using the genome-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9. While altering a plant's genome has the potential to improve its resistance to disease and other stressors as well as improving yield, concerns exist around using foreign DNA to genetically modify organisms.

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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.