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Are undiscovered antibiotics ‘silently waiting’ in our own bodies? Researchers scour microbiome for helpful genes

[A] study led by Dr. Mohamed Donia from Princeton University pushed the dark microbiome world into the light by targeting the ...
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Turning DNA into a hard drive for data storage. How do you extract the data when you need it?

With massive amounts of data being generated around the world every day, DNA is poised to provide an ultracompact storage ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t expect synthetic biology to reverse climate change. But it could help, if we use it correctly.

There are several ways in which synthetic biology may have a positive contribution to our carbon footprint ...
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Replacing the ‘magic mushroom’: Engineered bacteria more efficient at producing hallucinogenic compound psilocybin

Psilocybin mushrooms, popularly known as magic mushrooms, are famous as psychedelic purveyors of trippy epiphanies and cathartic giggle fits. But ...
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‘Synthetic biology doesn’t have to be scary’: It could offer us new medicines, biofuels and everything in between

Though hacking organisms and rearranging genomes may sound scary, there is definitely a Light Side to this narrative (a balance, ...
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Future of silk could give us wearable sensors, smart fabrics and ‘rubber’ as strong as steel

Tucked away near a freight elevator along the clinical corridors of an upper floor is a solid black door, plain ...
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‘Next industrial revolution’: How synthetic biology will transform manufacturing and improve sustainability

To create sustainable cities, we need to use synthetic biology ...
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Robots gain ‘sense of tactile touch’ through light-based nervous system

This month, a team led by Dr. Rob Shepard at Cornell University [gave robots an artificial nervous system], with a seriously ...
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Probiotics as ‘living medicine’: Synthetic biology takes on gut diseases, metabolic syndromes

Engineered probiotics could relieve patients of metabolic diseases ...
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New device mass-produces ‘primitive’ human embryos for research

Scientists have invented a device that can quickly produce large numbers of living entities that resemble very primitive human embryos ...
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US ‘Insect Allies’ program engineers bugs to fight plant disease: Are they high-tech helpers or horrific threats?

Scientists dream of one day being able to construct viruses or bacteria from a collection of building blocks. Like a ...
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Sustainable dyes and fabrics created through synthetic biology promise to revolutionize fashion industry

The fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of global carbon emissions; that is more than air and sea transport ...
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Viewpoint: Paper straws, vegan diets won’t stop climate change—but sustainable ‘bioproducts’ might

Are you slurping through a paper straw, searching for the next green product that will save the planet? Sorry to ...
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Sustainable synthetic biology is taking over cosmetics, personal care

Synthetic biology companies are already producing many of the ingredients found in personal care products using biosynthesis, the same basic ...
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Animal proteins from GMO microbes: More synthetic food ingredients to launch in 2021

The first three proteins from Motif FoodWorks’ fermentation-based food ingredient platform will be ready for launch in early 2021, says ...
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Podcast: Turning mushrooms into bacon (and other cool stuff) to boost sustainability

Today John Cumbers [founder and CEO of SynBioBeta] talks with Eben Bayer, CEO and Co-Founder of the biomaterials company Ecovative ...
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Using synthetic biology to design new kinds of life—and novel drugs to treat diseases

All living things on Earth are built from proteins created from the same 20 chemical units, called amino acids. Now, ...
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Infographic: ‘Why not print cancer?’ Here’s what we learn from building glioblastoma on a chip

If arranging cells in a particular formation was a good way to build cancer models that mimic what’s going on ...
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‘Teaching plants new tricks’: How synthetic biology is reshaping agriculture

Aug 7-9, San Jose, California – the American Society for Plant Biology (ASPB) showcased the latest research in Plant Synthetic Biology ...
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Using synthetic biology to solve some of ‘the hardest problems in the world’, with new foods, medicines

Many of the products we use every day—plastics, cosmetics, clothing, fertilizers, and even aspirin—include molecular ingredients derived from petrochemicals. But, ...
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‘Cancer lab’ on a chip could move diagnosis into our homes

Finding out you have cancer is bad enough, but to then have to go to hospital for a painful and ...
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New era in prosthetic limbs promises to restore sense of touch by melding ‘biology with machine’

Building smart mind-controlled robotic limbs isn’t enough; the next frontier is restoring sensation in offline body parts. To truly meld ...
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We have a marijuana shortage. Bioengineered yeast could solve that problem.

Yeast are the linchpin of the beer and wine markets. So why not marijuana? ...
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Green chemicals: How DNA assembly tech streamlines microbe engineering to boost urban farming

Researchers at SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a technology that greatly ...
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Human-animal chimeric embryos in Japan: Growing human pancreas in a rat, suitable for transplant

The Japanese government is granting its support to a scientist working to create animal embryos that contain human cells, and ...
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How fragile egg shells could help us repair, grow new bones

We think of eggshells as fragile. Yet these thin, easily breakable shells may be the key to making better, stronger ...
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‘GMO is too simplistic’: Why industrial microbes need their own classification system

ASTM International is the global leader in voluntary technical standards. If you’ve ever worn a bicycle helmet, for example, you’ve ...
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‘Better’ gut bacteria probably won’t turn you into an elite athlete. But could it give you a performance boost?

Athletes getting an edge from a probiotic boost may be more realistic than once thought ...