Earth scientists and environmentalists have been sounding warnings for years that climate change is going to do permanent harm to the Earth. At a conference in London in March, Reuters reported even more dire warnings from climate scientists, who cautioned that the rise in the world's temperatures is close to reaching the point where the effect on the environment will be irreversible. Will Steffen, executive director of Australian National University's Climate Change Institute, called this the "critical decade," Reuters said.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.