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President Obama has tasked his bioethics commission with reviewing the implications of JCVI's breakthrough in synthetic biology.

Researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute reported today that they have transplanted a synthetic Mycoplasma mycoides genome into an M. capricolum cell and successfully "booted up" recipient cells.



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Synthetic Genomics will develop new algae and scale-up technologies for the oil company's R&D programs.

The VC firm already has invested in BioTrove and Synthetic Genomics.


Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.