What does your spot on the list of authors for a paper mean? And how does that affect your standing in the scientific community? Blogger Coturnix points to a new proposal for author lists to be like a movie's credits. "Each person is listed, some people more than once, and each person's contribution is very well defined," he writes.

GTO wonders what the scientific equivalent to a movie's "best boy" would be.

 

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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.