Aldous Huxley would be proud. Britain's bookstores have finally been graced with Ronald Green's book, Babies by Design, published last November in the US. In it, Green speaks to "directed human evolution," where parents are able to make use of the current state of genetic research to sculpt whatever kind of perfection -- or imperfection -- they want into the DNA of an unborn fetus.

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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.