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Ginkgo Bioworks CEO Jason Kelly has spent much of the last decade talking to almost anyone who will listen — investors, journalists, TV presenters, congressional committees  — about the importance of biotechnology to the future of, well, just about everything.

This year, Kelly will have a chance to advocate more formally. In December, he was named chairman of a new 12-person congressional commission tasked with issuing a set of policy recommendations for how the U.S. government can keep the country’s biotech industry competitive and capable of serving national security needs.

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