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Despite recent calls from US watchdog groups to dial back synthetic biology research until regulations can be put in place, in the UK, the government has declared synthetic biology "a research priority" that could "lead to a new industrial revolution," reports Johnjoe McFadden at The Guardian. "It may be that synthetic biology is our best hope of preserving life on our planet," he says.

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A UK study on mixing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is expanding to include vaccines developed by additional companies, according to the Guardian.

According to Science, the US National Academy of Sciences is poised to eject two members accused of sexual harassment.

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