On January 17th, the Science and Development Network published this article from Mićo Tatalović on synthetic biology products:
Environmental campaigners are urging developing countries to include the rapidly advancing science of synthetic biology —the building of new organisms using genes as biological ‘bricks’— in their biosafety…
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Closing date: 16 December, 2010.
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The scientific rebel J. Craig Venter created headlines —and drew comparisons to Dr. Frankenstein— when he announced in May that his team had created what, with a bit of stretching, could be called the first synthetic living creature.
Two months later, only a smattering of reporters and local dignitaries bothered to show up at a news conference to hear Dr. Venter talk about a new greenhouse that his company, Synthetic Genomics, had built outside its headquarters here to conduct research.
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