In this YouTube video, Chris Smither sings about the origin of the species. The song'll have you laughing as he sings, "God said, 'I'll make some DNA/They can use it any way they want from paramecium right up to man/ They'll have sex and mix up sections of their code…I'll just sit back in the shade while everyone gets laid'/That's what I call intelligent design."

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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.