California will be searching its DNA databases for the relatives of criminal suspects, reports the Los Angeles Times. Under this new policy the state crime lab will tell the police about close, partial DNA matches from the database that are likely to be a familial match. Other states use this technique, but California is the first to make it policy, raising concerns of civil libertarians.

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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.