Nature Network blogger and scientist Anna Kushnir pens an editorial for Wired wondering why there's such a large discrepancy in the number of women who start out in graduate school compared to the number that end up as tenured professors. She considers a couple of possible causes -- including the pressure of choosing career over family, or a potentially uncomfortable male-dominated environment -- that drive women from their long-term goals.

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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.