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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, ...
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Can we recode the human genome to resist viruses?

[T]wo years in, an ambitious project to synthesize genomes — including human ones — is moving on from its shaky ...
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Talking Biotech: Using plants as ‘biofactories’ for vaccines, biofuels and more

Plant biologist Beth Hood: Scientists are genetically modifying plants to produce ingredients for a variety of important industrial and therapeutic ...
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Synthetic biology and viewing life not as ‘a mystery but as a machine’

Imagine a future where synthetic jellyfish roam waterways looking for toxins to destroy, where eco-friendly plastics and fuels are harvested from ...
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How synthetic biology can help world meet UN sustainable development goals

The agenda of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges the synthetic biology community—and the life sciences as a whole—to develop transformative ...
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The story behind the looming $30-billion-a-year synthetic DNA data storage market

[Emily] Leproust is cofounder and CEO of Twist Bioscience, a five-year-old startup that is, by some estimates, the world’s largest ...
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Stanford biologist Drew Endy: We need transparency when synthesizing humans

Perhaps more than anyone else working in synthetic biology, [researcher Drew] Endy has tried to hold the community to account ...
Podcast: Geneticist George Church on the future of synthetic biology

Podcast: Geneticist George Church on the future of synthetic biology

George Church's Harvard lab is one of the most celebrated fonts of innovation in the world of life sciences. George's ...
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Rewriting life’s code: Researchers want to synthesize the entire human genome

[Researcher George] Church is one of the leaders of an initiative called the Genome Project-­Write, or GP-Write, which is organizing ...
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Synthetic biology ‘control circuits’ could regulate cells like a thermostat

Synthetic biology offers a vision for the future of medicine, where cells could be re-engineered to fight diseases such as ...
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Fighting Ebola with tobacco plants bioengineered to produce spider silk

There is still no approved drug for Ebola. The closest is the experimental biotherapeutic drug ZMapp, which was in extremely ...
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Heart muscle patches: Reprogrammed blood cells might extend life of heart attack victims

Those who survive [a heart attack] are often left with permanent heart failure – a group which includes approximately 450,000 ...
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MIT’s Timothy Lu’s gene therapy innovation: Programming cells to fight infection

In high school and college, Timothy Lu spent a lot of time programming computers. But as his college graduation approached, ...
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Safer silicon breast implants made with bioengineered silk coating

Around 46% of women with silicone implants undergo re-operation within three years; 25% have their implants removed due to irritation, or the ...