If synthetic biology is to thrive, the world needs to decide now how the field should be regulated and supported, says Volker ter Meulen.
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The week in science: Polio declared international health emergency; UK considers lifting confidentiality on animal research; and RIKEN panel dogged by further misconduct allegations.
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Study of disaster-prone Russian islands underscores perils of colonizing unfamiliar terrains.
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As drug companies shift focus, academia ramps up its role in bringing discoveries to market.
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Methods for monitoring tumour cells in living animals are transforming our view of cancer.
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Since the birth of synthetic biology nearly 15 years ago, the field has splintered into diverse tribes of scientists, all attempting to bestow cells with new abilities.
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Synthetic biology is facing a tug of war over whether to patent its discoveries or embrace open-source innovation.
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'Pinocchio rex' roamed southern China just before the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15159
Man-made electromagnetic radiation disrupts robins' internal magnetic compasses.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15176
Scientists under scrutiny as members of investigating committee are accused of irregularities in their own research.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15163
Successful simulation lends weight to standard model of cosmology.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15178
Campaign group suggests 'quick wins' to begin levelling the playing field.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15177
An engineered bacterium is able to copy DNA that contains unnatural genetic letters.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15179
Researchers concerned about country’s competitiveness as most party manifestos neglect innovation.
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Bacteria are increasingly dodging extermination as drug availability outpaces regulation.
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Exceptional rains like those of winter 2014 will be more frequent because of greenhouse effect.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15141