Closing the Divide

Binghamton University's New Humanities Initiative intends to bring together the analytical tools of the humanities (delving into and comparing texts) and the sciences (statistics and experimentation) to close the cultural divide between the disciplines, writes Natalie Angier in the New York Times. The program, started by a biologist and an English professor, posits that a crossover approach to science will demystify it.

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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.