NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – As part of its plans to help move the human genomic research discoveries out of the lab and into clinical care, the National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded up to $12.8 million to fund new projects to address the challenges that these medical innovations face and the ones they pose.

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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.