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Oxitec, Gates Foundation aim to curb pesticide-resistant insects, malaria with new ‘self-limiting mosquito’

Oxitec [a] UK-based biotechnology company ..... [October 18] announced that it is expanding its collaboration with the Bill & Melinda ...
Synthetic biology mosquitoes: Pioneering solution emerges to counter fears over using genetic engineering to control Zika

Synthetic biology mosquitoes: Pioneering solution emerges to counter fears over using genetic engineering to control Zika

In fall 2015, the biotech company Oxitec planned to release genetically engineered mosquitoes throughout the Florida Keys capable of stopping their ...
After centuries of failed attempts at breeding a blue rose, biotechnology does the trick

After centuries of failed attempts at breeding a blue rose, biotechnology does the trick

For centuries, gardeners have attempted to breed blue roses with no success. But now, thanks to modern biotechnology, the elusive ...
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Synthetic, animal-free collagen could produce candy, shampoo and lotions of the future

Geltor, based in San Leandro, California, produces the protein collagen without animals. Collagen is found in a variety of foods, ...
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Defining life: If it’s created in a lab, is it really alive?

Describing life is difficult and evasive. Will we fully understand life if we can create it through synthetic biology? ...
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Mysterious ‘Ebola-like’ outbreak linked to synthetic marijuana

Since March, hundreds of people in the U.S. have come down with horrific, Ebola-like symptoms of bleeding. The initially mysterious ...
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Can we grow clothing textiles from living organisms?

[A] small but growing group of innovators is turning to the genius of nature in an attempt to put wastefulness ...
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Using engineered gut bacteria to fight genetic disease

A Boston-based synthetic biology company is taking a novel approach to treating the rare genetic metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria. Synlogic uses ...
Agricultural innovations in synthetic biology will help launch next tech boom

Agricultural innovations in synthetic biology will help launch next tech boom

Civic and mechanical engineering harnessed the principles of physics to erect buildings, cities, and modes of transportation. Chemical engineering exploited ...
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Using synthetic biology to help humans adapt to a life on Mars

Synthetic biology could solve many problems that Mars colonization brings up ...
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Biotech firm Pivot Bio beta testing ‘clean, alternative’ nitrogen fertilizer to spare farmland, protect waterways

Across the Corn Belt this summer, Pivot Bio and farmers in the company’s Intent to Pivot program are beta testing the first sustainable nitrogen ...
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Impossible Foods exec: Environmentalist opponents are on ‘wrong side of history’

For more than a year, the nongovernmental organization Friends of the Earth (FOE) has been trying to malign and defame ...
Viewpoint: GMOs may be controversial, but bio-technology is creating a greener, cleaner world

Viewpoint: GMOs may be controversial, but bio-technology is creating a greener, cleaner world

Jason Kelly, founder of the microbe engineering company Ginkgo Bioworks, wants those who work in the often-contentious field of GMOs ...
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FDA vs USDA? Federal agencies ready for a turf war, but may partner to regulate lab-grown meat

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said [on July 17th] that the agency is working closely with USDA on early efforts to ...
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Lab-grown meat debate stirs ethical questions about the future of food and synthetic biology

More than a century ago, dairy farmers sounded the alarm on margarine, insisting that it wasn’t really butter, and it therefore ...
'Clean meat': How lab-grown foods can feed us in the future

‘Clean meat’: How lab-grown foods can feed us in the future

For long enough, I have been fascinated with the idea of growing stuff in the lab whether it’s milk, egg ...
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FDA vs. USDA: FDA makes public pitch it has the most expertise to regulate cell-based meat

Food and Drug Administration officials and executives from companies that plan to make meat and seafood from animal cells made ...
Biosecurity dilemma: Should mega synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks be trusted to police its own industry?

Biosecurity dilemma: Should mega synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks be trusted to police its own industry?

Try as a nefarious actor might, it would be near impossible to order the ingredients for making a deadly virus ...
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From veganism to ‘post meat’ foods: The six varieties of meat substitutes

Civilians often clump the alternative meat companies and labs together in some kind of big meatless meatball, but, just like ...
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What do we have to fear from synthetic bioweapons?

A study ordered by the US Department of Defense has concluded that new genetic-engineering tools are expanding the range of malicious ...
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Finless Foods: Lab-grown fish startup that uses genetic engineering nears commercialization

Finless Foods – one of a new wave of start-ups in the rapidly heating-up cultured fish arena - has raised ...
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Battling constipation with synthetic biology and DNA manipulation

Ateam of researchers has cleverly combined synthetic biology, recombinant DNA technology and microbiome manipulation to fashion a novel targeted treatment ...
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Cell free proteins? Unraveling the mysteries of the plant circadian clock

The basic unit of life is the cell; tiny, fatty, self-replicating bubbles that have adapted to fill almost every environment ...
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Growing replacement organs? New synthetic ‘boss’ cell could be key

The field of developmental biology is dedicated to one of the fundamental wonders of the universe: How do complex biological ...
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Synthetic biology startup Ginkgo Bioworks wants to print ‘designer’ DNA

Over the last several years, Ginkgo [Bioworks] has developed an automated process for combining genetic parts that has made it ...
CRISPR may turn biology into the next Silicon Valley-like digital platform

CRISPR may turn biology into the next Silicon Valley-like digital platform

Crispr, the powerful gene-editing tool, is revolutionizing the speed and scope with which scientists can modify the DNA of organisms, including ...
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Can Ginkgo Bioworks’ synthetic biology venture reduce mycotoxins in animal feed, cut antibiotic use?

Mycotoxin mitigation, antibiotic reduction and improved feed crop production are some potential areas of interest for the biotech company as ...
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Synthetic biology’s ‘promise and potential’ capture investor attention

Synthetic biology has become the new frontier of genetic engineering, promising to radically change the way we make clothes, fragrances, ...