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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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Newsweek discusses the privacy issues raised by digital medicine.

A group of statisticians wants to eliminate researchers' reliance on 'statistical significance,' according to NPR.

In Nature this week: genetic analysis of Anatolian farmers, cotton genome analysis, and more.

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.