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An employee of the Boston biotech company Ginkgo Bioworks runs a gene sequencing machine through its paces. The company synthesizes thousands of genes a month, which are then inserted into cells that become mini factories of useful products. Tim Llewellyn/Copperhound Pictures/Ginkgo Bioworks hide caption

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As Made-To-Order DNA Gets Cheaper, Keeping It Out Of The Wrong Hands Gets Harder

Labs are churning out more and more synthetic DNA for scientists who want to use it to reprogram cells. Some say the technology has outpaced government safety guidelines put in place a decade ago.

Chanel Miller was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner in 2015. The lenient sentence Turner received elicited widespread controversy and helped inspire new legislation in California. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption

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Chanel Miller, Sexual Assault Survivor, On The 'Immense Relief' Of Going Public

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Opera singer Plácido Domingo performs in Szeged, Hungary, on Aug. 28. In a meeting on Saturday, the Metropolitan Opera's general manager discussed why he has not suspended or investigated Domingo, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Met Opera Chief: 20 Women's Accusations Against Plácido Domingo 'Not Corroborated'

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg (center), head of Big City Mayors, discusses the homeless problem after the group met with California Gov. Gavin Newsom in March. Steinberg says it's time for any adversarial relationship between cities and the Trump administration to end. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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The Ongoing Clash Between Trump And Big Cities

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President Trump speaks before the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2018. He'll address the assembly for the third time this week amid concerns about the role of U.S. leadership in the world. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Returns To The U.N. This Week Facing Growing Unease About U.S. Leadership

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An employee of the Boston biotech company Ginkgo Bioworks runs a gene sequencing machine through its paces. The company synthesizes thousands of genes a month, which are then inserted into cells that become mini factories of useful products. Tim Llewellyn/Copperhound Pictures/Ginkgo Bioworks hide caption

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As Made-To-Order DNA Gets Cheaper, Keeping It Out Of The Wrong Hands Gets Harder

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