'Live vaccines': Recoding bacteria's genome could lead to more effective immunizations

‘Live vaccines’: Recoding bacteria’s genome could lead to more effective immunizations

[G]eneticists used a new technique to recode 5 per cent of the Salmonella bacterium’s genome, introducing a record number of engineered ...
Future of milk? Genetically engineered yeast could replace cows

Future of milk? Genetically engineered yeast could replace cows

The latest new buzzword in food tech? Fermentation. And we’re not talking about the kimchi or kombucha kind. Rather, it’s ...
DIY DNA: Free online course teaches you how to make your own GMOs

DIY DNA: Free online course teaches you how to make your own GMOs

Have you found yourself sitting in your kitchen lately wondering how to make bread, cheese or yogurt? How about genetically ...
Building synthetic life: Yeast experiments pave way for new drugs, treatments

Building synthetic life: Yeast experiments pave way for new drugs, treatments

The team that built the first synthetic yeast chromosome [in 2014] has now added five more chromosomes, totaling roughly a ...
'Speeding up evolution': Artificial yeast project could boost drug, biofuel production

‘Speeding up evolution’: Artificial yeast project could boost drug, biofuel production

An international team of scientists is closing in on its goal of replacing all the genetic material in a yeast ...
Sickle cell cure? Patient in complete remission following gene therapy

Sickle cell cure? Patient in complete remission following gene therapy

A number of recent headlines imply a recent case study just published...proves that gene therapy has cured sickle cell disease—a ...
No egg? No sperm? No problem. First artificial embryo made from stem cells

No egg? No sperm? No problem. First artificial embryo made from stem cells

Using stem cells in grown-on 3D scaffolding in a laboratory petri dish, scientists have for the first time created an ...
Body parts from fruit? Skin grafts may use apples to grow human tissue

Body parts from fruit? Skin grafts may use apples to grow human tissue

Biophysicist Andrew Pelling of University of Ottawa wants to [use apples to determine] the future of biomaterials and human tissue repair.... “What ...
Return of the woolly mammoth and 3 other ways CRISPR could change the world

Return of the woolly mammoth and 3 other ways CRISPR could change the world

The woolly mammoth has been extinct for more than 4000 years. Now scientists are talking about bringing it back with ...
Human Genome Project 2: Should scientists synthesize entire human genetic code from scratch?

Human Genome Project 2: Should scientists synthesize entire human genetic code from scratch?

In May 2016, scientists, lawyers and government representatives converged at Harvard to discuss the Human Genome Project-Write (HGP-Write), a plan ...
How genetically modified microorganisms could help humans farm on Mars

How genetically modified microorganisms could help humans farm on Mars

[A]s NASA gears up to touch down on Mars, research is turning to how astronauts will produce what they need ...
Evolving immunity: Controlling obesity, mood with designer gut bacteria faces obstacle

Evolving immunity: Controlling obesity, mood with designer gut bacteria faces obstacle

Beginning in 2012, scientists discovered they could use CRISPR proteins to precisely edit the genomes of not only bacteria but ...
Evolution debate: Are humans continuing to evolve?

Evolution debate: Are humans continuing to evolve?

Is natural selection still a major force in human evolution? Or have vaccines, water purification, modern medical care and other ...
Zhang vs. Doudna patent ruling: Broad Institute holds patents but University of California may appeal

Zhang vs. Doudna patent ruling: Broad Institute holds patents but University of California may appeal

The US patent office ruled [Feb. 15] that hotly disputed patents on the revolutionary genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 belong to the ...
Proceed with caution: National Academies offers 'qualified support' for gene editing 'abnormal' embryos

Proceed with caution: National Academies offers ‘qualified support’ for gene editing ‘abnormal’ embryos

The door to gene-edited humans was opened a crack by a joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of ...
Synthetic conservation: Gene drives could revive extinct animals, protect endangered species, knock out pests

Synthetic conservation: Gene drives could revive extinct animals, protect endangered species, knock out pests

Scientists working in coördination with a U.S. conservation group say they’ve established an evolution-warping technology called a “gene drive” in ...
'Alphabet of life' expanded by 2 synthetic letters, may help make organisms 'Earth has never seen'

‘Alphabet of life’ expanded by 2 synthetic letters, may help make organisms ‘Earth has never seen’

Until very recently, life on Earth was dictated by strings of just four letters: G, A, T, and C...Deciphering nature’s ...
For people with congenital hearing loss, gene therapy successful in mice offers promise

For people with congenital hearing loss, gene therapy successful in mice offers promise

An improved gene therapy vector restores hearing and balance in genetically deaf mice, according to Boston's Children's Hospital researchers...[T]he mice's ...
Biodesign: Scientists team with artists to use synthetic biology in making everyday items

Biodesign: Scientists team with artists to use synthetic biology in making everyday items

Synthetic biology is a rapidly growing market, expected to reach $13.4 billion by 2019. Often called...biodesign, the field is increasingly ...
Health care, energy, food could be transformed by synthetic biology

Health care, energy, food could be transformed by synthetic biology

[Editor's note: Excerpts are taken from an interview with three experts in the field of synthetic biology: David Berry, general partner ...
Recreating nature: Building medicines and materials from 'unnatural proteins'

Recreating nature: Building medicines and materials from ‘unnatural proteins’

Over the last several years, with a big assist from the genomics and computer revolutions, David Baker, head of the Institute ...
'Super yield' GMO wheat gets green light for field trials in UK over critics' objections

‘Super yield’ GMO wheat gets green light for field trials in UK over critics’ objections

The GM wheat has been engineered to use sunlight more efficiently and has boosted greenhouse yields by up to 40%. Researchers ...
Regrowing heart muscles without cancer risk, using synthetic stem cells

Regrowing heart muscles without cancer risk, using synthetic stem cells

A new revolutionary stem cell technique is being used to treat those suffering from damaged muscles without the cancer risk ...
Leading plant scientist says he's skipping Science March on Washington: Here's why

Leading plant scientist says he’s skipping Science March on Washington: Here’s why

[Editor's note: Kevin Folta, a molecular biologist and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, offers ...
Step toward synthetic life: Genetic code expanded from four to six letters

Step toward synthetic life: Genetic code expanded from four to six letters

[T]he first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves ...
US adults wary of gene editing: What does that mean for medicine?

US adults wary of gene editing: What does that mean for medicine?

The Pew survey revealed that 50 percent of U.S. adults said they would not want genetic editing and 68 percent ...
Elephant genetics offer promise in fight against cancer

Elephant genetics offer promise in fight against cancer

It’s an odd phenomenon that scientists have observed: elephants rarely get cancer despite their massive size, and, presumably, more cell ...
Manufacturing could be revolutionized by synthetic biology

Manufacturing could be revolutionized by synthetic biology

The emerging discipline of synthetic biology sits at the crux of the intersection between design, biology, computing and manufacturing...[I]t appears ...