NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix has filed its CytoScan cytogenetics platform with the US Food and Drug Administration, a company official said at the Leerink Swann Global Healthcare Conference yesterday.

"We have ... completed the CytoScan filing with the FDA," Affy CFO Tim Barabe said at the conference. "So it's in the works, it's with them.

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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.

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