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A team of synthetic biologists has developed a programming language dubbed Cello that can be used to design computational circuits for living cells.

"This paper solves the problem of the automated design, construction, and testing of logic circuits in living cells," Herbert Sauro from the University of Washington in Seattle, who was not involved in the study, tells Nature News.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.