President Obama is expected to announce today that he will reverse the limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research that were put in place by the Bush administration. According to this New York Times story, an unnamed source "said the president would also speak about a general return to 'sound science' in his administration."

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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.