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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Sustainably produced 'cow's milk' made using genetically engineered yeast coming to your breakfast table

Sustainably produced ‘cow’s milk’ made using genetically engineered yeast coming to your breakfast table

...[T]he next trend for [milk] isn't a plant-based alternative: It's cow's milk—with a twist. Though nearly identical to the stuff you ...
Mini brains grown from teeth stem cells reveal secrets of sociability

Mini brains grown from teeth stem cells reveal secrets of sociability

Can tiny brains grown in a dish reveal the secrets of sociability? Balls of brain tissue generated from stem cells ...
Aggressive brain tumors temporarily halted using genetically modified immune cells

Aggressive brain tumors temporarily halted using genetically modified immune cells

One of the most deadly types of cancers are glioblastomas – a particularly aggressive form of brain tumor. Patients diagnosed ...
Talking Biotech: Marketing expert Jay Baer's tips on communicating about GMOs

Talking Biotech: Marketing expert Jay Baer’s tips on communicating about GMOs

Marketing expert Jay Baer's tips on communicating about GMOs ...
'Hearts-in-a-dish': Gene editing and stem cell technologies unravel mysteries of heart disease

‘Hearts-in-a-dish’: Gene editing and stem cell technologies unravel mysteries of heart disease

When a patient shows symptoms of cancer, a biopsy is taken...But the same can’t be done for heart disease, the ...
'Brain blobs' genetically engineered from stem cells can track effects of Zika virus

‘Brain blobs’ genetically engineered from stem cells can track effects of Zika virus

[C]ombined with gene editing techniques like CRISPR, it seems like there’s almost nothing you can’t just whip up in a ...
How biotechnology is revolutionizing our lives

How biotechnology is revolutionizing our lives

Biotechnology is a broad range of technologies that employ living organisms or parts of them to make diverse products. For ...
Pacemakers made out of human stem cells may replace electronic models in future

Pacemakers made out of human stem cells may replace electronic models in future

The very first functional pacemaker cells created out of human stem cells have been developed by scientists from the McEwen ...
Cure for gluten intolerance feasible with synthetic enzymes

Cure for gluten intolerance feasible with synthetic enzymes

Research to create a cure for celiac disease that started [at the University of Washington] is now moving to the ...
“Cutting out” genes linked to muscle disorder may restore movement in patients

“Cutting out” genes linked to muscle disorder may restore movement in patients

Scientists are using "gene scissors" to cut off the code of a defective gene that results in progressively weaker muscles ...
Progesterone: 'Harmful' hormone or 'game changer' for patients with recurrent breast cancer?

Progesterone: ‘Harmful’ hormone or ‘game changer’ for patients with recurrent breast cancer?

An international team of researchers involving the University of Adelaide is tackling the controversy over what some scientists consider to ...
GMO wars will seem 'quaint' when 3-D printed meat is introduced

GMO wars will seem ‘quaint’ when 3-D printed meat is introduced

We love organic food. We hate genetically modified food. That’s how the cool kids think these days. But the nerds ...
UN Biodiversity Conference: Anti-technology NGOs aim to block gene drive, CRISPR, synthetic biology

UN Biodiversity Conference: Anti-technology NGOs aim to block gene drive, CRISPR, synthetic biology

The UN Biodiversity Conference is taking place in Cancun through December 17. Activist groups and ... international NGOs can have a ...

Building “genetic circuits” in cells could kill tumors by depriving them of oxygen

Imagine having cells in your body that can actively repel cancer in a way that makes it theoretically impossible for ...

Startup developing fragrant GMO moss to act as living air freshener

Over three years ago ... Antony Evans, CEO of synthetic biology startup company TAXA Biotechnologies, launched a Kickstarter project to raise money for a ...

Breakthrough synthetic nervous system performs “remarkably similar” to human system

In a breakthrough for regenerative medicine, scientists have grown intestinal tissues with functional nerves in a laboratory setup using human ...
White House science advisors urge CRISPR bioterrorist defense strategy

White House science advisors urge CRISPR bioterrorist defense strategy

Scientific advisers to President Obama warn that the U.S. urgently needs a new biodefense strategy and should regularly brief President-elect ...