At the Guardian's Notes & Theories blog this week, Ian Sample ponders how, exactly, "synthetic biologists keep the support of the public." At a recent Royal Academy of Engineering event, he spoke with the Shanghai Institute for Biological Science's Zhao Guoping, who told Sample there is a "need for common international standards for the organic bits and pieces that s

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

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