In this Forbes Q&A, Matthew Herper interviews James Thomson, who's recently started his own company, Cellular Dynamics International, which is focused on testing experimental drugs for heart side effects. Rather than cave into the hype surrounding regenerative medicine, he sees much bigger opportunities for stem cells as a research tool and in drug discovery.

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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.