Life Technologies said this week that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared its SeCore HLA typing assay and its 3500 Dx Genetic Analyzer, a Sanger sequencing instrument, for diagnostic use. The 510(k) clearance is a first for a sequencing system and sequencing-based assay, and the company's president of medical sciences, Ronnie Andrews, said that it "validates Life's move into diagnostics" as the company aims to bring additional products, such as its QuantStudio Dx real-time PCR system and Ion Torrent PGM, through 510(k) clearance.

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As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

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

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