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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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