The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization teamed up with funding partners to unveil a $26 million program to distribute a PCR-based test to detect "multidrug-resistant tuberculosis after just two days rather than the weeks or months typical of existing tests," according to the article. The roll-out will begin with Ethiopia and Lesotho.

 

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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.