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On Synergy and Synthetic Life

At the Singularity University conference, Craig Venter tells the Wall Street Journal that such a mix of entrepreneurs, computing, and others brings about "synergistic conversations." He adds that he attributes some of the success of his institute and work in synthetic biology to integrating a number of disciplines. When asked about his motivation and drive, Venter adds that he "wants to accomplish as much as I can in my lifetime. As a biologist, I know life is finite."

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.