Staffers at the smaller White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are without direction on how to handle government programs on topics ranging from the regulation of genetically modified organisms to science education, Nature News reports.
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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.