Over at Venture Beat, David Hamilton asks whether Microsoft's medical records system really protects the privacy of the patients whose records it holds. HealthVault began with a lot of attention to how serious it was about security issues, Hamilton writes, but the service (and other privately managed systems) isn't covered by HIPAA rules. Seems like only time will tell.

 

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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.