October is over, and before getting excited about Christmas, we have Thanksgiving to look forward to! So embrace that Pumpkin Spiced Latte and read these five stories instead of thinking about food (or think about food while you read them).

Eugenics 2.0: We’re at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More

Will you be among the first to pick your kids’ IQ? As machine learning unlocks predictions from DNA databases, scientists say parents could have choices never before possible. 

Gene Therapy’s New Hope: A Neuron-Targeting Virus is Saving Infant Lives 

The results of the trial of this new gene therapy has blown away gene therapy researchers, marking one of the once troubled field’s most dramatic successes yet: All 15 babies treated for spinal muscular atrophy type 1, expected to die by age two, are alive at 20 months or older, and most can sit up. 

A Man Failed Paternity Test Because Genetically, He’s Two Different People

A while back, a couple from Washington had concerns when they found out that their son’s blood type wasn’t a match to either of theirs, especially since they had the child with help from a fertility clinic. So, they took a paternity test, which the father failed, meaning that genetically, he wasn’t his son’s father. After a genetic ancestry test, they discovered that genetically, the man was actually his son’s uncle. 

Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA

Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool – and whether its ready availability is cause for concern. 

The Bacteria in Your Gut Could Help Determine if a Cancer Therapy Will Work

Why does cancer immunotherapy work for some patients, but not others? Gut biodiversity could play a decisive role, two new studies suggest.