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Mix'n'Match and Drag'n'Drop

An Israeli startup aims to "allows a user to design bespoke DNA which can then be used to create new organisms," reports The Wall Street Journal.

The startup, called Genome Compiler, offers "a drag-and-drop genome construction tool, like computer aided design for genes," the Journal says, which would allow users to design synthetic genomes. The company was founded by Omri Amirav-Drory, a former Fulbright scholar who earned his PhD at Tel Aviv University.

"To create your own new life form, you start a new project and then import an existing genome either from those built in to the app, or download from the world’s open-source genome banks," the Journal says. "Then it is just a question of adding constituent parts from other genomes until you have built the string you want."

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.