The Rescuing Darwin survey, found that half of British adults do not believe in evolution, reports the UK's Guardian. The poll found that one-quarter of British adults say that the theory of evolution is "definitely true" and another quarter say it is "probably true." Twenty-two percent favor creationism or intelligent design, while 10 percent chose young Earth creationism.

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A new Nature Biotechnology paper reports that CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing can lead to large deletions or complex rearrangements that could be pathogenic.

The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics says genetically modifying human embryos could be morally permissible, according to the Guardian.

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.