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King's College London sociologists Claire Marris and Nikolas Rose work with synthetic biologists at the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation, and they write in New Scientist that it's time to have a real discussion about the pros and cons of synthetic biology, without the accompanying Sturm und Drang. Synthetic biology is "exciting but terrifying. Powerful but scary," they write.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

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