There Goes Evolution

A petition from the Society for Textbook Revise to remove mentions of evolution from high-school textbooks in South Korea has gained traction, reports Nature. The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology says that publishers are producing revised textbooks that no longer discuss "the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx," Nature says.

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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.