Open-source software designed to minimize synthetic biology risks

Open-source software designed to minimize synthetic biology risks
A software package designed to minimize the potential risks of synthetic biology for the nation’s defense and security is now available to the gene synthesis industry and synthetic biology community in an open-source format.
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Familial DNA use starting
Virginia will move forward with familial DNA testing in certain criminal cases, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office said yesterday. The technique is controversial due to privacy concerns, but it’s backed by the family of Morgan Harrington, the Virginia Tech student whose slaying in Charlottesville remains unsolved….
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Demystifying Virginia’s redistricting
Virginia lawmakers tasked with drawing new boundaries for all state legislative and congressional districts have a vested interest in preserving the status quo. But new open-source software is demystifing and democratizing the process, with poli-sci professors and students claiming that they’ve got
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