On AC360 last night, CNN reported that six employees at the National Science Foundation, one of them a senior official, have been accused of downloading, looking at, saving, or sharing pornographic videos at work. The senior official, who quit when he learned he was going to be fired, also allegedly participated in pornographic chats on government time.

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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.