As the AAAS meeting wraps up today, here's a newswire story reporting on innovations in synthetic biology. The article quotes Stanford's Drew Endy in a prediction of what will happen in the next six years: "I bet we will be able to construct a human chromosome, and the yeast genome," according to Endy.

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