DARPA

Scientists say that a DARPA project to use bugs to modify plant genes could be viewed as a bioweapon, the Associated Press reports.

The award expands an existing collaboration between the firms for automated organism design.

University of Washington researchers are collecting pictures from people to encode in DNA to explore its use as data storage device, Wired reports.

DARPA is funding some $100 million in gene drive research, according to the Guardian.

The group will study the potential risks and benefits of using CRISPR/Cas9 to develop gene drive systems for control and manipulation of mosquito populations.

The amount of cancer data being generated is driving researchers to develop artificial intelligence and deep machine-learning methods to help them keep up.

The company will use the funds to work in collaboration with George Mason University to apply its technology to detecting viruses in non-invasive samples.

A DARPA program is encouraging the development of ways to deal with gene drives that have gone awry, Scientific American reports.

The agency says the Safe Genes program will help provide the genome editing field with tools to safely pursue research and to get out in front of new threats. 

The Foundry is developing genetic engineering technology that can be applied on a scale not possible with current methods.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.