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Shortly after Craig Venter and his colleagues published their synthetic bacterial genome, US President Barack Obama asked the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to look into the risks and benefits of synthetic biology. The committee came back in December 2010 with a list of recommendations.

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