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Just Not on Yourself

A new California law would outlaw the sale of gene-editing kits without a label saying not to use it on yourself, Technology Review reports.

Off Their Boards

More than two dozen University of California researchers are taking a break from their positions on the editorial boards of Elsevier journals, according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: researchers uncover genetic variants and gene-tissue-phenotype associations contributing to lipid traits in Hispanic populations, role of PAX5 in human B-lineage leukemia, and more.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a plan for "fast-track visas" to attract scientific talent to the UK post-Brexit, the Financial Times reports.

Pushed Out

ScienceInsider reports Floyd Romesberg has been forced out from the Scripps Research Institute.

Doctors in the US have used CRISPR gene editing to try to treat a woman with sickle cell disease as part of a clinical trial, according to Popular Science.

In Science this week: CRISPR gene editing and single-cell RNA sequencing together form a framework for studying genetic interactions, and more.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it would cover approved CAR-T therapies for Medicare patients, according to the Associated Press.

Nature News reports that China is to establish a national research ethics advisory committee.

An international team of researchers has sequenced the genomes of the Mexican avocado and the Hass hybrid, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nature this week: methyl-HiC approach to capture chromosome conformation and DNA methylome, messenger RNA sequencing technique, and more.

Data, Manipulated

US Food and Drug Administration says some data from early testing of Novartis' Zolgensma was manipulated, according to Reuters.

Needed to Ask First

A new report says the US Department of Agriculture's plan relocate two USDA science agencies may violate the 2018 appropriations act, the Washington Post says.

In an opinion piece in the Irish Times, Anne Jones, the chief executive of Genomics Medicine Ireland, argues that Ireland needs private investment in genomic medicine.

In Genome Biology this week: pipeline to analyze pan-genome collections, method to examine rare cell types, and more.

The New York Times reports that some research at United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has been halted over safety concerns.

Discover's The Crux blog writes that the expression of some genes ramp up after an organism dies.

In PNAS this week: emerging songbird pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum, CRISPR-Cas9-based knockdown finds role for lipoprotein transport in viability, and more.

A new poll finds that public trust in scientists is increasing in the US, but that the level of trust varies by political affiliation and scientific knowledge.

Not a Truth Marker

An op-ed in the Washington Post calls for peer review to not be used as a 'gold standard' and for its limitations to be more widely known.

Research Together

A summer program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign aims to foster partnerships between genetics researchers and indigenous communities, WILL reports.

In PLOS this week: variations in the way synonymous DNA codons are used in yeast, links between germline TP53 mutations and recurrent somatic mutations in bladder cancer, and more.

The Plans

Science delves further into what other researchers knew about CRISPR scientist He Jiankui's plans, including his early-stage ideas for a clinic.

From Dog to Dog

Researchers characterize and trace the origins of a transmissible dog cancer, Wired reports.

MPR News reports on efforts to tighten protections for genetic testing customers.


A proposed rule would deem graduate students at private institutions to not be employees, which ScienceInsider reports might affect unionization efforts.

A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.

A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.