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Human organ factories? Defense Department seeds Segway inventor Dean Kamen’s ambitious project, but success seems years away

[N]one of [Dean Kamen’s] many inventions — including the Segway — has an impact that comes close to what could ...
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Injecting live bacteria into tumors? Synthetic biology revives a controversial century old cancer cure

Could the body, in fighting against a pathogen, also be battling a tumor? After injecting bacteria into a patient who ...
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Bioprinting human ears inside living mice—all without a single surgical cut

Tissue engineering just got wilder and weirder. Using nothing but light and bioink, scientists were able to directly print a ...
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‘Bridge to transplant’: Mini human livers grown in rats spurs research that could alleviate transplant shortage

Using skin cells from human volunteers, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have created fully functional mini ...
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Fighting cancer by boosting the body’s immune system with genetically engineered bacteria

Our immune system can defeat cancer. Immune cells can directly attack cancer cells or produce proteins that don’t let tumors ...
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World’s first bionic eye could be better than the real thing

The world's first 3D artificial eyeball -- capable of outperforming the human eye in some ways -- may help droves ...
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‘Sugar is the villain’: Biohacking and synthetic biology do battle against diabetes and heart disease

Here’s a look into the next generation of low-calorie sugar alternatives and continuous glucose monitoring systems set to change the ...
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If we want to go to Mars, we’ll need to figure out how to feed our astronauts. Synthetic biology can help.

Revolutionary food production and closed-loop biomanufacturing could transform human space travel and address the growing food crisis on Earth ...
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Artificial photosynthesis: Synthetic chloroplasts as solar-powered drug factories

There’s a new way to eat carbon dioxide. Researchers have built an artificial version of a chloroplast, the photosynthetic structures ...
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Infographic: 3 strategies for finding coronavirus treatments

The scientific community is working around the clock, not only to protect us from COVID-19, but to prevent future strains ...
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Video: These ‘micro-machines’ could repair our bodies and clean our oceans

Measuring less than a millimeter wide, these micro-machines are programmable lifeforms that researchers from the University of Vermont and Tufts ...
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Disease is the greatest threat to bee health. Can we protect them through genetically engineered probiotics?

If you cannot engineer the organism, engineer its microbiome. Since scientists began exploring how to solve problems using synthetic biology, ...
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3D-printed organs: Stuff of science fiction or an answer to the organ transplant shortage?

Among the more interesting applications of fast-moving 3D printing technology is its potential to help solve our critical organ transplant ...
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Synthetic biology amps up ‘decades-old’ vaccine technology

According to STAT, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institute of Health (NIH) are betting on synthetic biology to ...
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Coronavirus vaccine created with synthetic biology would be ‘more potent’ than flu shot

As companies hurry to test potential vaccines, the National Institute of Health (NIH) is hoping new bio-engineering techniques to help ...
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Custom 3D printed bone implants could revolutionize reconstructive surgery

Become partially android for a couple of years while your body heals itself. It may sound far-fetched, but for patients ...
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Electricity from genetically engineered trees: It’s not as crazy as it sounds—but is it ethical?

What if trees could provide electricity to cities? .... This surrealist idyll isn’t too far-fetched, say a team of researchers ...
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Synthetic biosensors: Engineered plants could detect flu viruses and crop pests before they become global problems

You’ve felt sick ever since you started working in a different office .... but building management can’t find the source ...
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Fighting the coronavirus outbreak with genetic sequencing, CRISPR and synthetic biology

We are better prepared for a coronavirus outbreak than a few years ago ...
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Conspiracy theorists suggest the coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. The scientific consensus disagrees.

[O]n Fox News and social media, a dangerous conspiracy theory about the origin of the health crisis won’t die. There ...
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We’re better at fighting epidemics because of advances in genetic sequencing, synthetic biology and a willingness to collaborate

It’s impossible not to draw parallels between SARS and the new coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, that’s been ravaging China and spreading ...
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Breast milk breakthrough on the horizon? Growing mammary cells to create casein and lactose

The inconvenient truth about breastfeeding is that breasts are, invariably, attached to a person. A person who could get too ...
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Can we prevent a synthetic DNA catastrophe—accidental or intentional—through these proposed safeguards?

New approaches to DNA editing and synthesis have made it easier to manipulate biological agents and systems, increasing the risk ...
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Synthetic booze: Lab-made wine, sake may be coming to a bar near you—and whiskey is already there

San Francisco startup Endless West unveiled two products Thursday, Feb. 20, the likes of which have never been sold before: ...
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Fashion future? 5 surprising industries synthetic biology could take over

In this post, we highlight a few of the growing fields where burgeoning synthetic biologists can expect to find job ...
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Artificial life forms—’with no mother or father’—could change the way we develop vaccines

Every living creature on Earth has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on—representing an unbroken line of ancestry all the way ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the coronavirus fuels hopes of treatments — and conspiracy theories

Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized ...
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‘Serious trouble’ for the natural world. Can synthetic biology protect it by redesigning insects and saving threatened species?

A paper in the journal PLOS Pathogens described how they synthetically engineered mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever, a viral tropical disease ...