By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A week after a major milestone was achieved in synthetic biology, J. Craig Venter and other noted scientists in the field appeared on Capitol Hill yesterday morning to explain to lawmakers what synthetic biology is, where it may be leading, how it is overseen, and why they see it as more valuable than dangerous to humanity.

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