NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Synthetic Genomics today announced a new agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels.

The new co-funded research agreement will focus on using synthetic genomic science and technology to develop algal strains "with significantly improved production characteristics," SGI said.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.