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Submission + - Secret Messages Coded Into DNA Of Venter Bacteria (

kkleiner 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.

Submission + - New Technique "Prints" Medicine Onto Pills (

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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