Neil Saunders wondered what journal content would look like if presented as tag clouds. He pasted the URLs from about two dozen journals into Wordle to visualize the text. Not all of them worked very well -- Biochemistry comes up mainly as dates and DOIs -- but prominent words in the Journal of Biological Chemistry cloud are CFTR, monomerics, and cells.

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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.