All the life sciences investments in Ireland led to nearly 2,000 new jobs, reports the BBC. One quarter of all foreign investments in life sciences in the European market between July 2006 and June 2007 went to Ireland — double what Switzerland and France each brought in.

If only it didn't rain so much in Dublin.

 

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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.