This Week in Science

This week, Science captures "the allure of synthetic biology" in its special section on the field. "Biologists have been manipulating genomes ever since Paul Berg first described a method to covalently join duplex DNA molecules in 1972," the journal's Valda Vinson and Elizabeth Pennisi say.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.