The new institute, co-located with the China National GeneBank, will focus on synthetic biology technologies and applications.
Both deals should advance Ginkgo's custom microbe business as it expands into consumer goods markets such as cosmetics, nutrition, and food.
The computational tools will be designed to screen DNA sequences to detect biological threats that may arise from synthetic microbial manipulation.
A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The yet-to-be-named entity will draw on the partners' respective resources in synthetic biology and plant and agricultural products.
The La Jolla, California-based firm is moving beyond its US home market into other regions that promise growth for synthetic genomics providers.
Yale Environment 360 writes that synthetic and conservation biologists aren't always on the same wavelength, but they are trying to reach an understanding.
Canadian researchers have re-created the horsepox virus, ScienceInsider reports.
The software is designed to offer a range of tools in one applications, including algorithms, customizable storage, and a drag and drop interface.
The Genome Project-Write researchers are meeting again, but ScienceInsider notes that the effort is lacking funds.
The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening another interference proceeding in the CRISPR patent fight.
There's increasing genetic evidence that a number of ancient hominins may have contributed to the human gene pool, according to Discover's The Crux blog.
The Japan News writes that Japan needs to seize the opportunity to ensure that a wide number of people benefit from personalized cancer treatments.
In Cell this week: messenger RNA expression and translation, RNA localization atlas, and more.