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Happy 20, Dolly

In a series of articles, Scientific American looks at the 20 years since Dolly the Sheep was cloned.

The programmable nuclease can replace restriction enzymes, enables cloning of large genomic sequences, and can deplete unwanted DNA species.

Agilent will offer its SureVector cloning kits through Eurofins and will supply components for cloning services performed by Eurofins.

While one researcher says cloning the mammoth may be decades away, if successful, it may lead to a theme park of species that would no longer be extinct.

The tool will simplify the design of cloning experiments using the Golden Gate Assembly method, the companies said. 

The method could speed up work on synthetic gene circuits and help make gene cloning easier throughout molecular biology.

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USPTO Publishes Two Patents, Sixteen Patent Applications Related to RNAi

The drug maker Daiichi Sankyo will use Gene Bridges' DNA recombination technology.

The bill, the "Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," would prevent cloning, animal-human hybrids, and new embryonic stem cell lines in Georgia, but would not restrict research with existing stem-cell lines or lines created outside the state.

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Sequencing-Related Papers of Note, Feb. 2009

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In Science this week: genetic target for urothelial bladder cancer treatment, and more.

At the Conversation, the University of Oxford's Michael Macklay writes that learning genetic risk of disease is a personal decision.

Two dozen scientific organizations have endorsed the March for Science, according to ScienceInsider.

Researchers in Japan describe a chimpanzee with a chromosomal abnormality similar to human Down syndrome, Mashable reports.