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First a synthetic genome, and now plastic antibodies: Scientific American's Observations blog reports that researchers from Japan, Stanford University, and University of California, Irvine, have develop plastic antibodies that work like real antibodies, latching onto antigens. The nanoparticles are "barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair," the blog's Katie Moisse says.

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Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

In Nature this week: a method called cis-X combines whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing data to identify regulatory noncoding variants, and more.