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DNA cops make sure deadly viruses don't get rebuilt

Body within Office of the Director of National Intelligence has programme that it hopes will help keep cutting-edge biological technology away from bad actors

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Mr Jason Kelly, Ginkgo chief executive officer: Ginkgo designs organisms using genetic data, coding them in much the same way computers are programmed.

Washington

GENETIC engineering could help produce more resilient crops and more effective vaccines. Some fear that it could also be used to make a biological weapon.

In January, a small research team at the University of Alberta engineered a cousin of the lethal smallpox virus...

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