Dusting off Science

As President-elect Obama fills out his cabinet positions, people in the sciences are wondering just when he will name a science advisor. To increase the status of the position, Chris Mooney says at the online publication Science Progress that the advisor should be named soon, and announced as prominently as the other cabinet-level positions have been.

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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.