Theranos Shake-Up

Sunny Balwani has left his position as president and COO of embattled blood-testing firm Theranos, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company announced Wednesday that it was shaking up its board and adding members with experience in the biomedical field.

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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.