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This New York Times article discusses the "biofab" companies that are popping up to synthesize genes for pharma or academic scientists. The cost per base pair has dropped below a dollar and sales of oligos are estimated to be about $700 million a year, though some say that number is a bit high.

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A Harvard University professor has been charged with making false claims regarding funds he received from China, the New York Times reports.

Discover magazine reports that animal dissections might dissuade students from science careers, but that a firm has developed synthetic frogs for dissections.

Nature News reports that a US panel is reviewing current guidelines for federally funded gain-of-function viral research.

In PNAS this week: de novo mutation patterns among the Amish, an alternative RNA-seq method, and more.