As if sequencing his own genome wasn’t saucy enough, J. Craig Venter has now synthesized a genome.

Calling the feat “an important advance toward the goal of a completely synthetic genome that could aid in carbon sequestration and energy production,” Venter’s Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives revealed in November that a team there built a synthetic 5,386 base-pair bacteriophage phiX174. Ultimately, Venter says, they aim to synthesize an entire cellular genome.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific says it will no longer sell DNA sequencing machines in China's Xinjiang region, according to the Wall Street Journal.

New Scientist reports that 20 percent of human and yeast proteins are uncharacterized.

The University of Zurich's Ruedi Aebersold and his colleagues analyzed a dozen HeLa cell lines to find differences in gene expression, protein levels, and more.

In Nature this week: protein-coding variants associated with body-fat distribution, and more.