MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (GenomeWeb) – At the Personalized Medicine World Conference on Wednesday, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that the agency will carefully review the public comments it receives in response to its draft proposal to regulate laboratory-developed tests. However, she couldn't predict when the agency would finalize the document.

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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.