NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Amyris said today that it has received a contract from the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that could total around $8 million to expand the scope of its synthetic biology technology across new biological platforms and cell types.

DARPA awarded the contract in connection with its Living Foundries Program, which seeks to create the fundamental production methods and tools, technologies, and methods required to make bio-engineering better, faster, and more accurate.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.