Here's a BBC story about a team of scientists in Florence who want to exhume the remains of Galileo Galilei with the goal of testing his DNA to figure out why he went blind. They also plan to compare his DNA to that of the woman he's buried with to confirm that she's his daughter. But the rector of the basilica housing the remains opposes the idea, describing it as disrespectful, according to the article.

 

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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.