A blog post at bayblab confronts the age-old (or at least pretty old) conundrum of 'publish or perish'. As a grad student, it might be tempting to succumb to peer pressure and rush into publishing, since the only way to get an assistantship is to have your name in print. It’s probably not worth it, they write, at the cost of an imperfect paper.

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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.