This Week in Nature

In June, the US patent office launched a pilot program called "Peer to Patent" that lends an open-source approach to patent-granting, reports Nature. The pilot program is focusing on information technology for now, but may soon expand to include biotechnology patent applications.

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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.