Over at Evolving Thoughts, John Wilkins is pursuing his series on the ontology of biology with a post on patterns and process. "One of the enduring mistakes made in science and philosophy is to confuse how things seem with how they are," he writes.
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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.