It seems the general public has stopped chuckling over the reports that Jim Watson's DNA contains far more genes of African heritage than should be expected for a typical person of European descent -- and started wondering what the heck that even means. Slate's "Explainer" offers a breakdown of how the determination was made and what it says about Jim. This won't be news to GTO readers, but it's a nice synopsis for your friends in the lay audience.

 

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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.