Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 2018 budget includes almost C$4 billion ($3.1 billion) in new funding for science over the next five years, a significant portion of which will go to the country's three granting councils, Nature News reports. Last year's budget contained C$1 billion in new science funding, almost none of which went to basic research.

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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.