Leave It to Google

Storing those terabytes of data will soon be easier. A blog at Wired reports that though Google missed its scheduled launch of the Palimpsest Project, it will soon offer hundreds of terabytes for scientist to freely store data, which will then be freely accessible to all. Google will also be offering algorithms to analyze the data, as well as commenting functions.

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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."

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