This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a team of researchers from across the UK publishes a study demonstrating just how much the human genome can compensate for a loss of protein-coding genes. They sequenced the genomes of 3,222 adults of Pakistani descent who had a high level of parental relatedness, which results in a large number of identical gene sets in genomes. An analysis revealed a total loss of function for 781 different protein-coding genes in 821 individuals.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.