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And That, Kids, Was the Day I Created Life

Yesterday's online edition of Science included the much-anticipated paper from Craig Venter and his team demonstrating successful genome transplantation. Venter and his colleagues inserted the intact genomic DNA of a Mycoplasma mycoides strain into Mycoplasma capricolum cells.

Of course, news of "synthetic life" has whipped the mainstream press into action. Coverage in the Wall Street Journal was thorough and, in addition to recounting the latest news, offers a look at other synthetic biology initiatives as well as scientific and public concerns about the field.

Still not enough? The New York Times is taking readers' questions about the project, and Venter along with corresponding author John Glass will be on hand to answer them.

 

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.