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Science  15 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6428, pp. 672-674
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6428.672

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In science news around the world, the University of California receives a critical patent for its invention of CRISPR, the enormously popular genome-editing tool. Two observatories in Mexico—the Large Millimeter Telescope and the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-Ray Observatory, both located on the Sierra Negra volcano in the state of Puebla—have reduced operations because of security threats from robberies and carjackings nearby. Bioethicists say more than 440 research articles that used outcomes from at least 85,000 organ transplant operations in China should be retracted because the organs may have been harvested from executed prisoners. Farmers in France and Germany begin digging up nearly 10,000 hectares of fields planted with oilseed rape because a small fraction of the seeds were of a genetically modified variety not approved for planting in the European Union.