This article contains a correction regarding funding to Harvard University and Stanford University.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Defense is pumping $15.6 million into synthetic biology research at several universities and institutes with the aim of speeding up bioengineering production.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

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