The University of Florida said last week that it will use an $8.2 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to create the Florida Innovation Hub, a single facility near UF's Gainesville campus that will link the school's technology-commercialization efforts with a company incubator function.

According to a university official, the Innovation Hub is expected to speed tech transfer at UF primarily through new venture formation, and in turn feed economic development in the Gainesville area through new job creation.

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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.