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The World Health Organization is putting together a panel of experts to develop guidelines and standards for gene editing, according to Reuters.

The Southern University of Science and Technology denies that He Jiankui, the controversial gene-editing researcher, has been detained, the South China Morning Post reports.

Even as He Jiankui expressed pride in the work he had done to alter the CCR5 genes of twin embryos, researchers and ethicists decried him as misguided.

Work Suspended

The New York Times reports China has suspended the work of He Jiankui, who announced this week the birth of two gene-edited babies.

He Jiankui announced another pregnancy resulting from his gene-editing work in his presentation to the International Human Genome Editing Summit, Stat News reports.

The researchers studied edits generated by more than 40,000 gRNAs and gathered data for more than 109 mutational outcomes to create the software.

China has ordered an investigation into claims that CRISPR was used to genetically modify two human infants, the Guardian reports.

Southern University of Science and Technology's He Jiankui has announced the birth of twin girls who underwent CRISPR-based editing of their CCR5 genes.

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

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: machine learning-based method for CRISPR editing, symbiotic genes of Medicago truncatula, and more.

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

Computerworld ranks Illumina as one of the top midsize organizations to work at in IT.

In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.