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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

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.