Perhaps this year's protests at the annual BIO meeting won't be so lackluster, as a report from the biotech advocacy group International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications says farmers planted a record number of genetically engineered crops last year. The most common crops were corn, soy, and cotton, and according to the report, much of the yield from those 252 million acres went to feeding livestock.

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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.