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This Week in Science

In Science this week: the synthetic genetic system hachimoji, and more.

Ohio State University researchers found that a phosphorothioate-modified DNA-crRNA duplex completely blocked the function of Cas12a.

Agilent alleges that Twist CEO Emily Leproust and other employees stole trade secrets from it. A trial date has been set for Feb. 24, 2020.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has amassed a team to spot DNA orders that could be used in bioweapons, Bloomberg reports.

The Genome Project–write leaders propose the development of virus-resistant cells, according to Science.

Biofuels Speed Ahead

ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics are moving forward with their exploration of algae-based biofuels, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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 La Jolla, California-based firm is moving beyond its US home market into other regions that promise growth for synthetic genomics providers.

The New Yeast

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

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Two researchers are calling for education for scientists on defending facts.

Researchers were among those who marched in London this weekend to call for another vote on Brexit.

Duke has agreed to pay $112.5 million to settle a lawsuit regarding its handling of data falsified by biologist Erin Potts-Kant. 

In PLOS this week: genetic factors influencing inorganic arsenic metabolism and toxicity, a germline variant in the cell adhesion molecule-coding gene DSCAM, and more.