This article has been updated with comments from the vice chair of the commission and a bioethicist.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A White House-appointed commission today recommended that federal agencies should oversee some areas of synthetic biology, such as regulation, product licensing, and funding, in order to protect the public from potential risks while not shackling promising research efforts.

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