Researchers everywhere are gazing in awe at Craig Venter's latest achievement in synthetic biology. But the scientific community isn't the only one paying attention. President Obama is also keeping an eye on science, and has asked his bioethics commission to take a look at Venter's work and report back to him, says ScienceInsider.

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