Just days after announcing that it had settled a dispute over ownership of key intellectual property, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals disclosed that it has been sued by the University of Utah over the same IP.

According to an Alnylam filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the university has alleged that one of its researchers, Brenda Bass, is the inventor of the technology covered in the so-called Tuschl-II patent estate.

Alnylam said it disagrees with the claims and intends to “defend the action vigorously.”

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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.

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