To Build a Genome


Synthetic biology is based on the idea that researchers can engineer the core components of a gene, cell, or other biological system to achieve a particular end. Given how new the field is, however, researchers have yet to discover the best practices, methods, and approaches to making the parts they need — nothing has yet been standardized and codified to allow them to build upon each other's work.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.