In a Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues meeting session dedicated to the potential applications of synthetic biology post-Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0, Craig Venter, George Church, and Kristala Prather spoke about innovation and collaboration. Amy Gutmann, chair of the Commission, was particularly interested in the emerging potential public health benefits of synthetic genomics.

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