Over on her blog, Sandra Porter gives an introduction to using Entrez using Vimeo. If you, or your grad student, need to brush up your database searching skills, check out her video. It covers a variety of the NCBI databases and shows you what fields to expect in each of them.

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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.