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Just days after Jim Watson's oh-so-memorable tour of the UK, Craig Venter hops the pond to give a plug for synthetic biology, informing journalists there that drug-resistant bacteria are a "clear and present danger" and a "far greater threat to humanity than bioterrorism," according to this story in the Telegraph. (Next in our foolproof plan to get Brits to like Americans: we'll send someone over to beat up the Queen!)

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