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President Obama's bioethics commission will produce a report on what role the government should take in spurring science and maintaining safety in synthetic biology.

A report on public and stakeholder opinion finds citizens excited and worried about synthetic biology but wanting the field to progress with appropriate safeguards and oversight.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce asked questions of Craig Venter, Anthony Fauci, and others as it sought explanations of the technology and discussed ethical implications and oversight of the burgeoning field.

Contestants in GenoCon will computationally redesign the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana so that it can eliminate and detoxify airborne formaldehyde.

The BBSRC and EPSRC have granted over $2 million to support synthetic biology projects involving UK/Europe collaborations.

The Keck Futures Initiative awards are providing up to $100,000 to scientists and to new programs seeking to find new applications for synthetic biology, and to review its role in the future of bioscience.

The agreement gives Applied Biosystems Deutschland approximately 58 percent of GeneArt's shares.

The DOE components of the 2010 version of the act would create sequencing facilities and aim to advance synthetic biology.

The Biofab facility will develop parts, new methods, and ethics for synthetic biology programs.

A proposed HHS guidance for synthetic biology roughly fits a harmonization effort started by the International Gene Synthesis Consortium.

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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.