The Wall Street Journal reports on research out of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center from scientists trying to develop a "'swish-and-spit' test" for head and neck cancers. The test would be geared toward high-risk people and would examine cells in the saliva to look for the genetic signature of cancer.

 

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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.