RESEARCHERS IN England announced this week the creation of genetically-engineered mice with artificial human chromosomes in every cell of their bodies. The government there has pledged tens of millions of pounds to synthetic biology research, including an international project to construct all 16 chromosomes of yeast to produce the first synthetic organism with a complex genome.
SYRIA HAS crossed the “red line”, according to the Obama administration. What does that mean? How deep are we getting in the Syrian civil war? And, though we hate to be so skeptical, how do we know the claim that Syrian President Assad has used sarin gas on opposition forces is even true?
LAST WEEK had plenty to chew on for people who like a good dose of impending doom: As we prepare for the election of Pope Benedict’s successor, a 20-foot sinkhole swallowed a Florida man while he lay in bed, and a swarm of more than 30 million locusts ate its way across Egypt — interestingly, just three weeks before the start of Passover.