Juniorprof has a blog on the difference between consumers and producers in science -- the consumers being those who constantly pore over literature and know all the latest papers, and the producers being those who are familiar with the literature but prefer to experiment on their own. According to Juniorprof, there's a time to be both: as a grad student, you should be a consumer; but as you go further in your career, it's time to step up and become a producer.

 

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A new Nature Biotechnology paper reports that CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing can lead to large deletions or complex rearrangements that could be pathogenic.

The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics says genetically modifying human embryos could be morally permissible, according to the Guardian.

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.