Craig Venter tells Industrial Biotechnology that his and his colleagues' development of a synthetic genome showed that DNA is somewhat like a software system that can be programmed, and that proof-of-principle study can to applied broadly to a number of societal challenges.

For instance, Venter notes that his company Synthetic Genomics is focused on developing cells as a source of food, vaccines, antimicrobials, and, in the longer run, fuel.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.