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Oversight But No Strict Rules for Synthetic Biology

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Science  26 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6008, pp. 1166
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6008.1166-a

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A presidential bioethics commission concluded this week that the U.S. government should not clamp down too hard on research on synthetic biology, a young field that it says doesn't yet pose serious risks. Instead, the commission will recommend better coordination of research and ongoing reviews to see if rules should be updated.