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Carl Zimmer realized that the watermarks the Venter team left in their synthetic organism will be reduced to gibberish over a few generations. The marks were added to non-protein-coding spots which are not only subject to random mutations but also can be spliced into fragments or totally removed from the genome by transposons.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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