From the New York Times, here's an article describing a new finding from scientists at Michigan State University about the genetic code in wild mushrooms that renders them poisonous. The mechanism of encoding the toxin seems unique to this strain of mushrooms -- Phalloideae, part of the Amanita genus -- according to the researchers, who conducted their studies by sequencing the genome of A. bisporigera.

 

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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.