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3D-printed plastic bunny contains its own blueprint coded in synthetic DNA

The kumquat-sized bunny, cute as it may be, isn’t a toy or a good luck charm. But if you cut ...
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Viewpoint: Synthetic biology, and the quest to engineer life, will define a generation

More than ever, the systemic and slowly unfolding problems in our world today will define my generation. From petroleum-based production ...
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Billion-year-old microbes could give us new food, fuel sources—if we can figure out how to use them

We can’t afford to let this potential biotech breakthrough go to waste ...
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Virtual reality gets more realistic: Vibrating synthetic skin simulates touch

While they’re still struggling to gain commercial traction, the latest VR headsets are able to transport people to impressive virtual ...
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Bioengineering’s ‘holy grail’: Scientists closer to creating printable skin to cover burns, other injuries

Creating a durable, natural-looking skin substitute to cover burn injuries or other wounds has been a bioengineer’s holy grail for decades ...
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Artificial lungs grown in ‘hijacked’ mouse embryo could pave way for human transplants

Vaping aside, as dangerous air quality becomes increasingly prevalent in cities around the globe, the risk of serious lung disease ...
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Infographic: Creating artificial human chromosomes

To convert a piece of cloned DNA into a centromere-containing human artificial chromosome (HAC), an array of repeated LacO sequences ...
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‘Magnetic skin’ turns your body into a remote control, opening doors and controlling lights with a wave of the hand

A Saudi research team has developed a ‘magnetic skin’ that can open a door or control a switch remotely with ...
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Sugar-free sweetener derived from GMO yeast could hit grocery stores in 2020

Cargill Inc. and the Dutch ingredients giant Royal DSM this week began churning out a new sugar substitute that mimics ...
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How synthetic biology will allow us to redesign humans ‘from the ground up’

Just as physics and chemistry have given humans power over the world of the inanimate, biology is giving us the ...
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4 keys to the future of synthetic genomics, including the ability to ‘construct entire chromosomes’

We are already living in a synthetic biology world. Within that huge world is an enormous variety of ideas and ...
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These gene-edited pigs could eliminate shortage of human organ transplants

It’s what’s inside this animal that matters. Her body has been made a little less pig-like, with four genetic modifications ...
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Podcast: Can we ‘outsmart’ cancer with synthetic biology? Dr. Tim Lu talks customized disease treatments

On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, Tim Lu talks to Cameron English about Senti's progress toward "outsmarting complex ...
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Meet the ‘flavorists’: Food chemists who make plant-based Beyond, Impossible burgers taste like ‘meat’

Marie Wright dips four long strips of paper, the kind you’d sniff a perfume sample from in Sephora, into bottles ...
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Create a fetus without an egg or sperm? Researchers have done it with mice

Reproduction used to be a simple thing: two parents, one egg, one sperm, one embryo, one baby. But on [October ...
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4 innovations—including stronger gene-editing skills—that would allow us to rewrite genomes from the ground up

The ability to read genomes has transformed our understanding of biology. Being able to write them would give us unprecedented ...
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For synthetic biology to reach its potential, building new chromosomes from scratch must become commonplace—and we may be getting close

Many of the needed technological breakthroughs can be achieved in the next several years ...
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‘Drink like there is tomorrow’: Inside the quest to prevent hangovers with a GMO probiotic

Engineered probiotics and other microbes provide amazing opportunities ...
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Viewpoint: From biofuels to food flavorings, here’s 10 ways biotechnology boosts sustainability

As climate change looms over our future, many industries are turning to biology for solutions to make all aspects of ...
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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 ...