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Your Very Own Organism and Jail Cell

The Associated Press reports on the rise of do-it-yourself genetic engineers who have little formal training as biologists. One, a computer programmer, is trying to insert GFP into yogurt bacteria so that it will glow in the presence of melamine. Others are worried about DIY biology. Jim Thomas from the biotechnology watchdog organization ETC Group told the AP, "Once you move to people working in their garage or other informal location, there's no safety process in place."

Hobbyists might also want to note this story that PZ Myers mentions on his blog: An enthusiastic chemistry student in Canada was arrested, accused of first having a meth lab and then of having "materials necessary to produce explosives" which Myers calls "an awfully low bar to set." He adds, "Don't criminalize reagents. Monitor them, sure, but instead target the products of criminal chemistry."

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.