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Lineagen plans to launch an upgraded version of its FirstStepDx test for autism spectrum disorders.

The Salt Lake City-based company said this week that the next generation of FirstStepDx would include new ASD-associated markers identified by researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Applied Genomics and at the University of Utah's department of human genetics.

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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.