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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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.