This Week in BMC Cancer

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In BMC Cancer this week, researchers in Mexico report that cancer-initiating cells derived from established cervical cancer cell lines contain stem cell markers and show increased resistance to radiotherapy. After culturing the cells, the researchers examined them for expression of CD34, CD49f, and CD133 antigens. They found that, when injected into mice, the cancer-initiating cells induced the development of tumors in the majority of test animals.

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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.