Adaptive Complexity's Michael White thinks that the presidential candidates need to think about appointing a chief science adviser as soon as possible, according to a report from the National Academies. In order to have the best advice possible handy, the next administration needs to hit the ground running, he 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.