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Synthetic engineering is going to outdo genetic engineering, predicts this Week in Review article from the New York Times. Right now, the field is in its infancy and is merely copying life rather than creating it from scratch, says the article, but a major potential application is bioenergy -- and a major concern is bioterrorism.

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The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.