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‘Bridge to transplant’: Mini human livers grown in rats spurs research that could alleviate transplant shortage

Using skin cells from human volunteers, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have created fully functional mini ...
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Fighting cancer by boosting the body’s immune system with genetically engineered bacteria

Kostas Vavitsas | 
Our immune system can defeat cancer. Immune cells can directly attack cancer cells or produce proteins that don’t let tumors ...
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World’s first bionic eye could be better than the real thing

Daniella Genovese | 
The world's first 3D artificial eyeball -- capable of outperforming the human eye in some ways -- may help droves ...
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‘Sugar is the villain’: Biohacking and synthetic biology do battle against diabetes and heart disease

John Cumbers | 
Here’s a look into the next generation of low-calorie sugar alternatives and continuous glucose monitoring systems set to change the ...
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If we want to go to Mars, we’ll need to figure out how to feed our astronauts. Synthetic biology can help.

John Cumbers | 
Revolutionary food production and closed-loop biomanufacturing could transform human space travel and address the growing food crisis on Earth ...
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Artificial photosynthesis: Synthetic chloroplasts as solar-powered drug factories

Colin Barras | 
There’s a new way to eat carbon dioxide. Researchers have built an artificial version of a chloroplast, the photosynthetic structures ...
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Infographic: 3 strategies for finding coronavirus treatments

The scientific community is working around the clock, not only to protect us from COVID-19, but to prevent future strains ...
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Video: These ‘micro-machines’ could repair our bodies and clean our oceans

Measuring less than a millimeter wide, these micro-machines are programmable lifeforms that researchers from the University of Vermont and Tufts ...
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Disease is the greatest threat to bee health. Can we protect them through genetically engineered probiotics?

Kostas Vavitsas | 
If you cannot engineer the organism, engineer its microbiome. Since scientists began exploring how to solve problems using synthetic biology, ...
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3D-printed organs: Stuff of science fiction or an answer to the organ transplant shortage?

Sam Moxon | 
Among the more interesting applications of fast-moving 3D printing technology is its potential to help solve our critical organ transplant ...
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Synthetic biology amps up ‘decades-old’ vaccine technology

Shelly Fan | 
According to STAT, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institute of Health (NIH) are betting on synthetic biology to ...
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Coronavirus vaccine created with synthetic biology would be ‘more potent’ than flu shot

Kevin Dickinson | 
As companies hurry to test potential vaccines, the National Institute of Health (NIH) is hoping new bio-engineering techniques to help ...
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Custom 3D printed bone implants could revolutionize reconstructive surgery

Marc Prosser | 
Become partially android for a couple of years while your body heals itself. It may sound far-fetched, but for patients ...
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Electricity from genetically engineered trees: It’s not as crazy as it sounds—but is it ethical?

Anne Quito | 
What if trees could provide electricity to cities? .... This surrealist idyll isn’t too far-fetched, say a team of researchers ...
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Synthetic biosensors: Engineered plants could detect flu viruses and crop pests before they become global problems

Rachel Muenz | 
You’ve felt sick ever since you started working in a different office .... but building management can’t find the source ...
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Fighting the coronavirus outbreak with genetic sequencing, CRISPR and synthetic biology

Kostas Vavitsas | 
We are better prepared for a coronavirus outbreak than a few years ago ...
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Conspiracy theorists suggest the coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. The scientific consensus disagrees.

Eliza Barclay | 
[O]n Fox News and social media, a dangerous conspiracy theory about the origin of the health crisis won’t die. There ...
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We’re better at fighting epidemics because of advances in genetic sequencing, synthetic biology and a willingness to collaborate

Shelly Fan | 
It’s impossible not to draw parallels between SARS and the new coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, that’s been ravaging China and spreading ...
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Breast milk breakthrough on the horizon? Growing mammary cells to create casein and lactose

Sarah Zhang | 
The inconvenient truth about breastfeeding is that breasts are, invariably, attached to a person. A person who could get too ...
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Can we prevent a synthetic DNA catastrophe—accidental or intentional—through these proposed safeguards?

New approaches to DNA editing and synthesis have made it easier to manipulate biological agents and systems, increasing the risk ...
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Synthetic booze: Lab-made wine, sake may be coming to a bar near you—and whiskey is already there

Esther Mobley | 
San Francisco startup Endless West unveiled two products Thursday, Feb. 20, the likes of which have never been sold before: ...
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Fashion future? 5 surprising industries synthetic biology could take over

Jenna Gallegos | 
In this post, we highlight a few of the growing fields where burgeoning synthetic biologists can expect to find job ...
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Artificial life forms—’with no mother or father’—could change the way we develop vaccines

Beat Christen | 
Every living creature on Earth has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on—representing an unbroken line of ancestry all the way ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the coronavirus fuels hopes of treatments — and conspiracy theories

Antonio Regalado | 
Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized ...
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‘Serious trouble’ for the natural world. Can synthetic biology protect it by redesigning insects and saving threatened species?

Peter Rejcek | 
A paper in the journal PLOS Pathogens described how they synthetically engineered mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever, a viral tropical disease ...
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Boosting Australia’s fire recovery by ‘terraforming’ damaged lands with synthetic biology

Kostas Vavitsas | 
Biotechnology can provide valuable tools for fire prevention and restoration ...
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Re-engineering yeast to create biofuel appears possible, ‘but the effort involved is intimidating’

John Timmer | 
A little while ago, we covered the idea of using photovoltaic materials to drive enzymatic reactions in order to produce specific chemicals ...
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