Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

The prevailing long-term cold-storage method, which dates from the 1950s, writes data to pizza-sized reels of magnetic tape. By comparison, ...
Video: Here’s how synthetic flies could become a major tool in the quest to control insect-borne diseases

Video: Here’s how synthetic flies could become a major tool in the quest to control insect-borne diseases

CRISPR-based technologies offer enormous potential to benefit human health and safety, from disease eradication to fortified food supplies. As one ...
Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make ...
Search for the perfect cell-donor cow: Why cultured lab-grown beef is the future of sustainable meat

Search for the perfect cell-donor cow: Why cultured lab-grown beef is the future of sustainable meat

At a glance, the formula for cultured – or lab-grown – meat is simple. Take some animal cells, feed them ...
Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Using genetically engineered E. coli, scientists from Northeastern University, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and elsewhere say they turned E. coli into ...
The COVID pandemic has changed the future of CRISPR and synthetic biology, says Rahul Dhanda, Sherlock Biosciences CEO

The COVID pandemic has changed the future of CRISPR and synthetic biology, says Rahul Dhanda, Sherlock Biosciences CEO

It’s been a transformative year for synthetic biology and for the world. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in our global ...
Will biotechnology roil religious dietary laws? Cell-based meats raise prickly questions among Muslims about how to apply halal guidelines

Will biotechnology roil religious dietary laws? Cell-based meats raise prickly questions among Muslims about how to apply halal guidelines

[I]s cell-based meat halal? In the below interview, we ask [CellAgri founder Ahmed Khan] a whole slew of questions around ...
The younger you are, the more likely you are open to trying cell-based protein like cultured meat, survey shows

The younger you are, the more likely you are open to trying cell-based protein like cultured meat, survey shows

The cultured meat market is poised to take off, evidenced by new research affirming that many consumers are willing to ...
Edible wood? By tapping into the ‘natural genetic potential of microorganisms’, tree waste can be transformed into food-grade protein

Edible wood? By tapping into the ‘natural genetic potential of microorganisms’, tree waste can be transformed into food-grade protein

The protein sector is squeezed between the drive to reach net zero emissions by 2050 – required if global warming ...
mushroom leather

‘Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s sustainable or biodegradable’: Here’s the complicated truth behind plant-based materials — the latest eco fashion fad

In the accelerated push for mitigating the plastic crisis and exhaustive raw material use while appeasing a new guard of ...
Seafood distributors welcome AquaBounty's sustainable GM salmon

Seafood distributors welcome AquaBounty’s sustainable GM salmon

AquaBounty will mark a new milestone for truly sustainable seafood this month with the first commercial harvest of fast-growing genetically ...
‘In nature, everything is connected’: Can synthetic biology reverse the decline in our depleted marine ecosystem?

‘In nature, everything is connected’: Can synthetic biology reverse the decline in our depleted marine ecosystem?

Our blue planet runs on ocean ecosystems that are currently in steep decline. In the last 50 years, the amount ...
Viewpoint: Cell-based meat on sale in Europe within 3-5 years? While the rest of the world innovates in food technology, politics and bureaucracy paralyze EU

Viewpoint: Cell-based meat on sale in Europe within 3-5 years? While the rest of the world innovates in food technology, politics and bureaucracy paralyze EU

[In December 2020,] Singapore became the first country to authorise the commercialisation of cultivated meat.​ Understandably, Europeans want to know ...
Are dairy products made from animal-free sources vegan? Green adherents grapple with whether they should embrace cheese and other ‘precision fermentation’ foods

Are dairy products made from animal-free sources vegan? Green adherents grapple with whether they should embrace cheese and other ‘precision fermentation’ foods

We are entering a brand new era of slaughter-free menus and products, which includes everything from mycelium steak to cell-cultured ...
Hermès' eco-revolutionary new handbags: How agricultural leftovers and mushrooms could fuel a switch to sustainable leather alternatives

Hermès’ eco-revolutionary new handbags: How agricultural leftovers and mushrooms could fuel a switch to sustainable leather alternatives

MycoWorks certainly made headlines in the fashion world in March when it announced a collaboration with Hermès on the creation ...
Israeli startup makes real cow’s milk and human breast milk directly from cells — no animals required

Israeli startup makes real cow’s milk and human breast milk directly from cells — no animals required

Founded in 2018, BioMilk is an offshoot from over a decade of research by scientists at the Hebrew University of ...
‘Compassionate caviar?’ Cell-based fish egg technology could make an exclusive food accessible to everyone — and reduce our carbon footprint

‘Compassionate caviar?’ Cell-based fish egg technology could make an exclusive food accessible to everyone — and reduce our carbon footprint

Caviar is renowned as an exclusive luxury typically only enjoyed by champagne-swilling elites in five-star suites or on-board first-class flights ...
Impossible Food's GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as 'safe' by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

Impossible Food’s GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as ‘safe’ by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

When the Center for Food Safety brought the approval of Impossible Foods' heme ingredient to the federal courts, its reasoning ...
‘If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in meat consumption.’ Cell-based meat poised to cut pet food industry’s carbon footprint

‘If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in meat consumption.’ Cell-based meat poised to cut pet food industry’s carbon footprint

If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in terms of meat consumption, according to ...
Fermentation and sustainability: Synthetic biology poised to bring us dairy-free milk and cheese that taste like the real thing

Fermentation and sustainability: Synthetic biology poised to bring us dairy-free milk and cheese that taste like the real thing

Fermentation​ is a type of biotechnology that uses microorganisms to create a chemical change that can produce food additives and ...
Video: Synthetic life? Scientists have created xenobots that move, remember, heal and work together in groups

Video: Synthetic life? Scientists have created xenobots that move, remember, heal and work together in groups

Biologists and computer scientists from Tufts University and the University of Vermont have created novel, tiny self-healing living machines from ...
'Cell-based fish is a logical answer': With improved nutrition and lower CO2 emissions, cultivated fish can sustainably satiate our growing appetite for seafood

‘Cell-based fish is a logical answer’: With improved nutrition and lower CO2 emissions, cultivated fish can sustainably satiate our growing appetite for seafood

[Berlin-based startup Bluu Biosciences] claims that producing cell-based fish without harming the ecosystem and at competitive prices can make a ...
'Total artificial heart': European Union set to approve temporary replacement hearts that are working, in 19-patient study

‘Total artificial heart’: European Union set to approve temporary replacement hearts that are working, in 19-patient study

To help people awaiting a transplant, French company Carmat has developed a "total artificial heart" — a device to replace ...
Biological machine: ‘Living computer’ made by printing cells on paper

Biological machine: ‘Living computer’ made by printing cells on paper

From tablets and laptops to PCs and smartphones, we have many electronic devices to fill every moment in our lives ...
Honey without bees? A synthetic version that mimics the 'real thing' could be available in 2021

Honey without bees? A synthetic version that mimics the ‘real thing’ could be available in 2021

MeliBio, the Berkeley-based startup claiming to make real honey without bees, has closed $850,000 in pre-seed funding as it gears ...
Could lab-grown wood halt deforestation around the world?

Could lab-grown wood halt deforestation around the world?

[P]lant cells that have similar properties on mass to wood can be used to create materials that could be used ...
Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

In the 1970s, [biomedical engineer William] Dobelle had shown that electrically stimulating visual brain areas (the visual cortex) caused people ...
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