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According to the Edinburgh Evening News, a positive public view of synthetic biology is in the cards. As part of Edinburgh Univeristy's ESRC Genomics Forum, researchers evaluated people's perceptions of synthetic biology via a card game, which "allows a small group to find out about an issue, discuss it, seek common ground, and give their views," according to the ESRC Web site.

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