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George Church has made an artificial ribosome that successfully produces proteins, reports Technology Review. Church and his postdoc, Mike Jewitt, broke ribosomes from E. coli down to their component parts and then used enzymes to put all the proteins and RNA back together. They then used the reconstituted ribosome to produce luciferase. Next, they plan to make a ribosome that can reproduce itself, as well as make it more efficient and process molecules of different chirality.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.