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The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues recommended that federal agencies oversee some areas of synthetic biology — including regulation, product licensing, and funding — in order to protect the public from potential risks and to keep research efforts from being stifled.

Fox Chase Cancer Center aims to raise $30 million during the next six years for its new Cancer Genome Institute, which will be dedicated to cancer genome sequencing. Fox Chase is working with Navigenics' Dietrich Stephan to create the center.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.