Panda's Thumb has posted a long rebuff of the Wired article that we blogged about several days ago; apparently, according to the blog, the article fails to be balanced. For a detailed glimpse into why ID and science don't mix — and why science reportage needs improvement — read the post here.

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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.