This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, two public affairs and technology experts sound off on the rise of the genome-editing technology CRISPR and perceptions about how it should be used and regulated. In the first comment piece, Todd Kuiken of the Wilson Center's Synthetic Biology Project argues against worries that do-it-yourself biologists may misuse CRISPR and that there is "no a priori reason to expect this community to cause more harm through using it than anyone else."

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of intra-tumor heterogeneity, workflow resources for EPIGEN-Brazil, and more.