This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and Harvard Medical School's George Church weigh in on the gene-editing debate, discussing the implications of using technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9 to modify heritable human genes. Doudna maintains that the science and its possible consequences are too unclear to allow the human germline to be edited, but she falls short of calling for a complete ban on related research.

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NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.

Researchers report they sequenced and identified plant species in an "al fresco" laboratory.

An Australian team searches for genetic alterations linked to depression in hopes of developing personalized treatments, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PNAS this week: host contributors to typhoid fever risk, effects of obesity-related variants near TMEM18, and more.