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Synthetic biology is still a new field — it was only a year ago that the world's first synthetic cell was created at the J. Craig Venter Institute. But while researchers in the field have the innovation needed to create new ideas and look at the creation of cells in a new way, says Technology Review's Katherine Bourzac, the expense and time it takes to get from idea to "engineered organism" is still holding them back.

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