With the sheer number of scientific articles and increasing open information like online lab notebooks and blogs now available to scientists, how can they wade through them all to find the ones that are both interesting and valuable? At Public Rambling, Pedro Beltrao suggests using sites like FriendFeed and subscribing to RSS feeds, to begin to create a personalized ranking system.

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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.