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Madeleine Bunting's column in the UK's Guardian lays out the terrifying threats of "synbio," which she says could lead to GM crops looking like "a storm in a tea cup." Her list includes (horrors!) bacteria to produce cheap anti-malarial drugs, bacteria to break down cellulose into ethanol, and bacteria to clean up environmental messes (never mind that some bacteria can already do this).

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.