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A Lab of His Own

Cathal Garvey dropped out of a PhD program to create a DIY biotech lab in his family's house in County Cork, Ireland, says Technology Review. "Would I finish and get a few letters after my name, or seize the day and do something that needed to be done?" he tells Tech Review. Garvey says he plans to show that biology can be done on a limited budget and in an open-source way, and is developing Bacillus subtilis as a model organism for at-home biologists. Tech Review adds that while scientists like George Church support the DIY movement, it does face challenges, particularly concerning funding and regulations. Concerning the latter, Garvey has a license from Ireland's environmental agency to create genetically modified organisms. "The dream," Garvey tells Tech Review, "is to program life, play around, where it doesn't cost you anything to fail."

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.