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In 2010, scientists plopped the genetic material of one Mycoplasma bacterium into another type to create the self-replicating cells shown above. Six years later, they've come out with an even simpler synthetic organism that has fewer genes. Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/Science Source hide caption

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Scientists Build Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

In engineering the cell, researchers paired away nearly all genes that weren't essential to life. It might eventually serve as a basic framework for different sorts of cellular factories, they say.

One of the last family photos of Bernard Simmons is shown by his sister, Debra Simmons, in her home in Chicago. Peter Hoffman for NPR hide caption

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Doubling Up Prisoners In 'Solitary' Creates Deadly Consequences

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The Process of Leaving E-vax
Montage Massive Attack

Salimata Sylla, a mother of three, visits Grand Bassam with her family to show she's not afraid of terrorists. On March 13, al-Qaida gunmen killed some 19 people at the beachfront town. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption

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A Day At The Beach Is A Way Of Saying 'We're Not Afraid' Of Terrorists

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Detour (Made in '06) Damu the Fudgemunk
Nanking Road The Shanghai Restoration Project
Red-Eye The Album Leaf

In 2010, scientists plopped the genetic material of one Mycoplasma bacterium into another type to create the self-replicating cells shown above. Six years later, they've come out with an even simpler synthetic organism that has fewer genes. Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/Science Source hide caption

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Scientists Build A Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

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Life's What You Make It Zinoba
Pond Hopper Matt Costa
Wrote & the Writ Johnny Flynn

Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is the secret weapon for late in the film. She'll doubtless get to do more next time. Clay Enos/Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures hide caption

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Fun And Entertainment Are Collateral Damage In 'Batman V Superman'

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Men Are Still Good (The Batman Suite)
Here Come the Warm Jets Glenn Mercer

Policemen search passengers at the entrance of the De Brouckere metro station in Brussels on March 24, two days after the terrorist attack on the city. PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Investigation Continues As Brussels Recovers From Terror Attacks

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Vittorio E Spoon
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Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom in the Hague during the reading of his verdict at The International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia on Thursday. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Two Decades After The War, A Genocide Conviction For Radovan Karadzic

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When I Was on Horseback The Memory Band

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, campaigns in Wisconsin on Thursday. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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For Some SuperPACs Backing Ted Cruz, It's Time To Unite Against Trump

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Cotton in the Kitchen James Cotton

When Apple used the song "1234" in a 2007 iPod commercial, it turned Canadian singer Feist into a star. A panel at this year's SXSW agreed that music licensing remains lucrative — and complicated. YouTube hide caption

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'How Did This Song Get In That Commercial?' Some Answers From SXSW

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Indian Summer Jai Wolf
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