NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The American Heart Association sees genetic testing as offering powerful new possibilities for cardiovascular medicine, but it also believes that greater federal oversight and resources are needed to ensure that genetics are integrated into clinical care safely and securely, it said in a policy paper published in the journal Circulation yesterday.

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The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics says genetically modifying human embryos could be morally permissible, according to the Guardian.

A new Nature Biotechnology paper reports that CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing can lead to large deletions or complex rearrangements that could be pathogenic.

The Wall Street Journal likens a prototype developed by Synthetic Genomics to a "biological fax machine."

In PNAS this week: strategy for reactivating Rett syndrome-linked MECP2, small molecules able to suppress Staphylococcus aureus virulence, and more.