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A group of scientists calling themselves the "Genome Project-write" wants to revolutionize species creation as you know it: they're figuring out how to write entire genomes to then build thousands of different species, per the Atlantic.

The controversy: Building — and especially, editing — a human genome presents some moral hazards. From a Stanford synthetic biologist and Northwestern bioethicist who pushed back against the project: "The creation of new human life is one of the last human-associated processes that has not yet been industrialized or fully commodified."

The progress: A bacterium had its million-letter genome synthesized in 2010 and baker's yeast's 12 million-letter genome might be built this year — but a human's genome is almost 300 times larger than that. And the expected cost of building a human genome is $30 million, though GP-write hopes to knock that down to $100,000 by 2020.

Possible applications: Creating lab-grown organs for transplant or synthetic virus-resistant human cells that can create medicines and vaccines in laboratory settings.

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Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book

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Donald Trump Jr., in quarantine since girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for the coronavirus, says he's used the time to finish a book that he'll self-publish the week of the Republican convention, at the end of August.

What he's saying: Don Jr., whose controversial blasts connect with President Trump's base, told me in a phone interview that "Liberal Privilege" will be his effort to paint a picture of Joe Biden and his record that the press ignores.