US Patent No. 9,090,891

Pen-shaped device for biological sample preparation and analysis
Jul 29, 2015

California Institute of Technology has been awarded US Patent No. 9,090,891, "Pen-shaped device for biological sample preparation and analysis."

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."

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