This Week in Science

In this week's Science, researchers from the Synthetic Yeast genome Project — who previously reported constructing a single yeast chromosome — publish seven studies detailing the creation of five more, a major step toward the creation of the first fully synthetic complex organism.

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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.