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At Technology Review, Kevin Bullis blogs about the news that synthetic bio company Amyris established partnerships to help it develop biofuels from sugarcane grown in Brazil rather than from corn, which has reached record-high prices. "The move to Brazil could be a good thing for the environment, because sugarcane requires less energy to process than corn, resulting in less carbon dioxide emissions," Bullis writes.

 

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

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