This Week in Science

In this week's Science, researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute and elsewhere report on the design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome containing just 473 genes essential for life.

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A draft bill released by the US House of Representatives appropriations committee would increase the 2019 National Institutes of Health budget by 3 percent.

Bloomberg looks into privacy issues raised by law enforcement's use of genetic genealogy sites.

NBC News reports on the Earth BioGenome Project, which aims to sequence all eukaryotic life on Earth.

In Science this week: environmental DNA can help in studies of marine animals, and more.