Just two months after Applied Biosystems launched its rat whole-genome survey array, it has found a major clinical partner to explore the resourcefulness of its technology.

ABI, an Applera corporation, announced last week that it has partnered with the National Center for Toxicological Research, an arm of the US Food and Drug Administration that uses the rat array, to investigate liver toxicity associated with a class of diabetes drugs.

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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.