By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Obama Administration has started implementing several policy recommendations aimed at creating a vigilant and secure oversight for synthetic biology, as they were laid out in an administration report from two years ago, but it has not yet moved on around half of those proposals, according to an external review by the Synthetic Biology Project.

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