It's in the hospital that Google Health will be put to the test, says this article in MIT's Tech Review. Doctor's offices, it continues, are moving away from paper-based records -- a cause of fragmented information -- to electronic records. Google Health may be one of the ways to go, if it shows promising results at Beth Israel Deaconess and the Cleveland Clinic.

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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.