A group of scientists have created induced pluripotent stem cells from skin cells of patients with eight different diseases, reports the BBC. The stem cells, says the article, were created by taking biopsies from patients with diseases such as Huntington's and muscular dystrophy. "Ethical, flexible and not rejected by the patient because it comes from the patient themselves," said the UK National Stem Cell Network's Chris Mason.

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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.