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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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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.