4-18-2018 1_ai7cUiYd4hVoZnYX7AMCkQ

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 ...
4-8-2018 drew-endy

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 ...
4-2-2018 1_R51ZN0RKQm5RpA3gyrAhRw

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 ...
3-29-2018 feature3

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 ...
3-25-2018 zmapp-master1050

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 ...
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‘Living paints’: GMO bacteria could be used to make biodegradable paints

Now here's a bright idea. Researchers in Europe have developed a technique for growing genetically modified bacteria that can be used as ...
2-19-2018 Francesca Storici and Havva Keskin with yeast samples in their lab

‘Fully customizable’ genome: Replacing yeast’s 12.5 million base pairs piece by piece

Homo sapiens has had a tight relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the unicellular fungus better known as brewer’s yeast. … That doesn’t mean S ...
2-14-2018 bilayerchip-2

Perfecting microbes to biomanufacture cells like computer chips

[Researcher Alec] Nielsen heads a startup called Asimov that is trying to automate the design of sophisticated genetic modifications. Its software, called ...
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Harnessing bacteria like E. coli to dispense medicines shows promise, but hurdles remain

We’ve already seen the first cellular medicines, human immune cells genetically reprogrammed to attack cancer cells. Now the first bacterial medicines ...
Ginkgo Bioworks' mission to make GMOs fun, cool and socially conscious

Ginkgo Bioworks’ mission to make GMOs fun, cool and socially conscious

Out on an old Navy dry dock, a biotech company called Ginkgo Bioworks is growing genetically modified organisms by the ...
Genetic engineering promises cornucopia of future products—but biotechnology critics take lethal aim

Genetic engineering promises cornucopia of future products—but biotechnology critics take lethal aim

Genetic engineering may soon be giving us products that appear to be pulled from the realm of science fiction. Researchers ...
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‘Jean editing’: Genetically engineered bacteria could reduce denim’s environmental impact

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are trying to make the process of making blue jeans greener, by engineering ...
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We’re about to see an expansion of life’s genetic code

With recent innovations in gene editing, it may seem as if the field of synthetic biology is just starting to ...
Nanofabrication: Technology to manufacture almost anything

Nanofabrication: Technology to manufacture almost anything

James Burke has a vision for the future. He believes that by the middle of this century, perhaps as early as ...
Milk without cows: Commercialization of synthetic dairy products in the works

Milk without cows: Commercialization of synthetic dairy products in the works

Berkeley-based Perfect Day – which is creating ‘vegan’ dairy proteins without cows – is in talks with food industry partners ...
Video: MIT scientists create plants that glow in the dark

Video: MIT scientists create plants that glow in the dark

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a ...
Ginkgo Bioworks: $1 billon company uses genetically engineered microbes to make food, fragrances

Ginkgo Bioworks: $1 billon company uses genetically engineered microbes to make food, fragrances

Ginkgo Bioworks, the biotech startup that’s genetically engineering microbes to make everything from fragrances to food, is ramping up production ...
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‘Living tattoo’ made with 3D-printed bacteria responds to stimuli

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a "living ...
Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

If heart transplantation - 50 years after Christiaan Barnard carried out the first operation - has become routine, what exactly ...
Building and coding your own video games with jellyfish DNA

Building and coding your own video games with jellyfish DNA

[Engineer Helene Steiner] has developed a bio-pixel display that can play games such as Tetris, Snake or Pong using the ...
Genetic engineering, synthetic biology poised to boost photosynthesis and carbon capture

Genetic engineering, synthetic biology poised to boost photosynthesis and carbon capture

In a feature article published in the open access journal eLife, an international team of experts led by Dr Bonnie Wintle ...
‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

Every living thing on Earth stores the instructions for life as DNA, using the four genetic bases A, G, C, ...