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+ - Secret Messages Coded Into DNA Of Venter Bacteria->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "There are four hidden messages coded into the DNA of the world's first synthetic bacteria that was recently created by the Craig Venter Institute. Hidden within is: an explanation of the coding system used, a URL address for those who crack the code to go visit, a list of 46 authors and contributors, and a series of famous quotes. The presence of these watermarks verifies that M. mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 truly is synthetic and demonstrates the precision and power of JCVI’s new techniques in synthetic biology."
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Medicine

+ - New Technique "Prints" Medicine Onto Pills->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Leeds, Durham University and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) recently developed an ultra-efficient technique for printing medicine onto pills — and they think it could work for up to 40% of all medication. The process uses a machine to spray medicine droplets (similar to ink droplets) onto standardized pills. This makes the drugs faster-acting — since the active ingredients are on the surface of the pill, the digestive system doesn’t have to break the pill down for it to start working. Another advantage: multiple medications can be printed on one pill. So patients that might normally have to swallow 5 pills every evening might only have to take one pill with multiple imprints."
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