Daniel MacArthur follows up on Steven Pinker's NYT story about having his genome sequenced with a blog post on the diversification of consumer genomics. All four of the current consumer genomics companies have staked their claim, with 23andMe focusing on fun, deCodeMe on academics, Navigenics on medical accuracy, and Knome on boutique offering.

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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.