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Sinn3d writes: Scientists have created the world's first synthetic life form in a landmark experiment that paves the way for designer organisms that are built rather than evolved.

The controversial feat, which has occupied 20 scientists for more than 10 years at an estimated cost of $40m, was described by one researcher as "a defining moment in biology".

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Submission + - Gmail to use SMS verification on signup.

Sinn3d writes: "Users signing up for a Gmail account are now being asked to provide a mobile-phone number in the continuing war against spam, though Google will keep it handy just in case anything else turns up."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/29/gmail_mobile/

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