NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK is investing £12 million ($19.9 million) to establish new synthetic biology facilities and provide training in the field, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council announced on Wednesday.

The UK Research Councils, led by BBSRC, will award £10 million to create five DNA synthesis centers "to further develop the UK's research base in synthetic biology," BBSRC said.

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