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How to stop art forgery? Inject paintings with synthetic DNA

Over the past several years, institutions in both the US and the UK have been trying to figure out how ...
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Open source science or intellectual property: Should we allow patenting of synbio organisms?

[S]ynthetic biology...incorporates disparate disciplines like engineering, computer science, biotechnology, and molecular biology...[i]nstead of using engineering’s discrete modules of code, transistors, ...
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3-D bionic humans? Printed pressure sensors open door to artificial limbs that feel

Wearable technology may soon be at your fingertips -- literally. Researchers have developed a pressure sensor that can be 3-D ...
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Is the US military in danger of using synthetic biology to ‘weaponize the environment’?

In recent years... the military—mostly under the umbrella of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—has created a new suite of ...
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How nanoparticles may help counteract antibiotic drug resistance

By 2050 more people may die from microbial infection than cancer, according to current estimates. The increasing mortal threat from ...
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‘Brain in a dish’ gives scientists ‘unprecedented’ ability to study neurodevelopment disorders

Small cultures of human neuronal cells developing in a dish are not quite “brains in a petri dish” as they are ...
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Eric Lander and Eric Schmidt: Science’s Miracle Machine — government investment in basic research — in danger

[Editor's note: Eric S. Lander is president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University. Eric E ...
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Electroceuticals? Nerve-activated devices may revolutionize arthritis and autoimmune disease treatments

Six times a day, Katrin pauses whatever she's doing, removes a small magnet from her pocket and touches it to ...
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Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity?

Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity? Is “cognitive liberty” the foundation of all ...
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Why so many biotechnology start-ups, like Theranos, fail

Two years after the $9 billion start-up “unicorn” Theranos crumbled, Silicon Valley still appears to be struggling to learn its ...
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Talking Biotech: What’s blocking GMO crop adoption in Africa?

Sociologist Matthew Harsh: Poor communication between Kenyan scientists, policymakers, farmers and anti-biotech activists slows GMO adoption ...
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Nanotechnology-inspired inkjet printers are growing stem cells that could help regenerate nerves

Inkjet printers and lasers are parts of a new way to produce cells important to research on nerve regeneration. ... Researchers ...
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DNA ‘rock science’ helps wring more crude oil from shale rock, boosting supply

A small group of U.S. oil producers has been trying to exploit advances in DNA science to wring more crude ...
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Facing climate change, plant breeders use genetics, robotics to develop crops ‘that can adapt to it all’

Variable weather is creating extreme challenges for crop breeding in California. How do you develop crops that will thrive under ...
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Artificial intelligence sorting of genetic mutations is helping patients get best drugs for their cancer

Cancer patients are often treated with chemotherapy and various types of drugs, but the results of these treatments aren't uniform ...
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Nature’s hard drive: All of the world’s data could be stored in DNA–in one room

Humanity has a data storage problem: More data were created in the past 2 years than in all of preceding history ...
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Decoding death: Craig Venter’s quest to uncover secret to immortality in our DNA

Craig Venter, the man in the late 1990s who, frustrated by the slow progress of the government-funded Human Genome Project, ...
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DNA forensics is not an infallible tool — but not because of science

DNA has revolutionized how crimes are solved. But blunders by investigators have thrown a cloud over the use of genetic ...
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Tiny CRISPR-Cas9 injections could treat retinal diseases, with no off-target effects

Scientists at the Center for Genome Engineering, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in Korea, in collaboration with ToolGen, ...
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Cell atlas: 37 trillion cells in the human body will be catalogued in ambitious effort

The objective is to construct the first comprehensive “cell atlas,” or map of human cells, a technological marvel that should ...
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From rough sketches to virtual reality: How scientists study, learn about developing embryos

Armed with a wand and funky spectacles, Beatrice Steinert steps into a world of lush green mounds and bright blue ...
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Nanoparticles: Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease treatments boosted by DNA ‘barcodes’

Using tiny snippets of DNA as "barcodes," researchers have developed a new technique for rapidly screening the ability of nanoparticles ...
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Talking Biotech: Clay nanoparticles deliver plants gene-silencing virus-protecting RNA spray

Revolutionizing crop protection? Biotechnologist Neena Mitter on 'bioclay' — spray that protects plants from a virus using nanoparticles to deliver ...
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Nanoparticle-delivered CRISPR tools could treat hemophilia, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy

More and more scientists are using the powerful new gene-editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9, a technology isolated from bacteria, that ...
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Leading plant scientist says he’s skipping Science March on Washington: Here’s why

[Editor's note: Kevin Folta, a molecular biologist and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, offers ...
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Star Trek-like ‘tricorders’ promise DNA analysis on the go

We are rapidly approaching a time when Star Trek-style "tricorders" will offer rapid handheld analysis of genetic samples. It could ...
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Manufacturing could be revolutionized by synthetic biology

The emerging discipline of synthetic biology sits at the crux of the intersection between design, biology, computing and manufacturing...[I]t appears ...
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Genetically engineered killer zombie mice? Not quite

Neuroscientists at Yale University published a paper  [On Jan. 12, 2017,] in the journal Cell showing how they could trigger a ...