The method described in a New York Times Magazine article on how Patrick Ball uncovers evidence of war crimes seemed familiar to Jonathan Eisen. Ball uses sampling and statistics to build his case, and similar methods are used to survey microbes.
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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.