As researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute push on toward creating synthetic life — Venter tells the UK's Times Online that they are months away — the field is being compared to the heady 1980s days of computer science, as this piece in the Edge says.
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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.
The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.
Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.
In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.