This week the Engineering Life conference kicks off in London, and this article from The Observer describes synthetic biology, which it calls "one of the most audacious, and controversial, scientific ideas of the 21st century." Scientists in the article say the field will have to be "properly monitored," and they point out that genetically modified foods are based on similar concepts.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.