Uncle Sam's Science

The US Department of Defense has become one of the biggest funders of synthetic biology research through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is funding projects that use biology to produce new materials, fuels, and medicines, says Nature's Erica Check Hayden at Discover magazine's The Crux blog.

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