Someone is taking out patents on our genes.
A case will be heard in the Supreme Court in the spring of 2013 concerning the question of whether genes can be patented.(March 2013)

New Life Forms

Sounds like a Star Trek episode, something along the lines of Trouble with Tribbles or the Next Generation where Wesley inadvertently gets involved with a society of mites but two bits of news came out lately regarding new life forms.

Dr. J. Craig Venter has just created the world’s first synthetic cell. Welcome to the wonderful world of synthetic genomics. As the BBC World Service’s Science in Action puts it.

Nature has an article as well.

In addition, Nature has an article, which you will have to pay for if you want to read it online, about nanobots and bacteria.

Information about antibiotics resistant bacteria: MSRA and NDM-1. See this post.