Bernard Lo, director of the Program in Medical Ethics at UCSF, has penned a piece pushing for the next federal administration to establish a National Bioethics Advisory Council. Now is the time to consider it, since the charter for the current Council on Bioethics expires next year and the incoming president will have the opportunity to form a new advisory body.

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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.