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We Read the Human Genome; Next Up, Writing It?

Project would enable creation of synthetic people

(Newser) - Scientists are contemplating a big follow-up to the Human Genome Project: Where that project essentially sought to read human DNA, this new endeavor would involve writing it. The idea, which is "spurring intrigue and concern in the life sciences community," as the New York Times reports, could enable... More »

Mayor Declares War on Garden Gnomes

Italian city council set to ban lawn statues

(Newser) - The mayor of Furore, Italy, wants garden gnomes out of his city—immediately. The reason? "They cause an alteration of the natural environment," he says. An ordinance banning the lawn statues is before the city council, and sources tell the ANSA news service the gnomes "could be... More »

Nazi Gnomes Invade German Town

Artist pokes fun at fascism with troll exhibit

(Newser) - Some 1,250 controversial German gnomes giving the heil Hitler salute will greet visitors to the center of the German town of Straubing beginning today. The artist behind the gnome blitzkrieg says the installation, Dance With the Devil, is designed "to get people to think, to react," and... More »

German Court OKs Nazi Gnome

(Newser) - German prosecutors have decided a Seig-Heiling garden gnome doesn't violate the country's tough laws against Nazi imagery, the BBC reports. Artist Ottmar Hörl's creation, on display in a Nuremberg gallery, is intended to mock the Nazis rather than glorify them, officials decided. Prosecutors warned, however, that the stiuation has... More »

Gnome Tours World, Returns

Cliché comes to life for one British woman

(Newser) - Months after her lawn gnome went missing, a woman in England got a huge surprise when it returned, accompanied by a photo album and immigration stamps from all over the world, the Gloucestershire Echo reports. Accompanying the prodigal lawn ornament was a note describing his adventures "across three continents,... More »

French Gnab Gnome Bandit

53-year-old man accused of stealing 170 garden ornaments

(Newser) - Decorative gnomes might be the bane of garden purists the world over, but for one Frenchman, they're apparently worth risking a stint in the slammer. Police in Brittany have arrested a 53-year-old man accused of stealing 170 garden gnomes and other ornaments, Der Spiegel reports—to the surprise of the... More »

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