CHICAGO (GenomeWeb News) – Stanford University bioengineering researcher Drew Endy argued at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting on Friday that the US needs a national initiative to support and encourage synthetic biology.

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In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture in Brazilians, characterization of novel double-stranded RNA mycovirus, and more.

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The New York Times examines ethics and China's push to lead biomedical research.

At her blog, Sally Rockey dives into National Institutes of Health funding data.