Dicerna Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has raised an additional $4 million in a second closing of Series B equity financing, bringing the total raised in this round to $29 million.

The company raised $25 million in the Series B in August (GSN 8/12/2010).

SR One, the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline, participated in the financing as a new investor, joining existing investors Oxford Bioscience Partners, Skyline Ventures, Abingworth, and Domain Associates.

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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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