Although it hasn't produced the hype of the arsenic bacteria story, researchers have made what In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe calls "a real advance in the field of engineered 'unnatural life.'" The researchers, who recently published their work in Angewandte Chemie International, forced bacteria to use thymine-5-chlorouracil — which has a chlorine atom where thymine's

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.