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DNA superstorage: Apocalypse-proofing the world’s data

In terms of information density, DNA outclasses anything we’ve been able to invent. Two scientists think all the world's information ...
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Scientist create stem cells without genetic manipulation

Scientists demonstrate a new way to reprogram adult tissue to become cells like embryonic stem cells, without using genes ...
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‘Natural food’ fallacy: “Waiter, there’s a gene in my soup!”

Plant biotechnologist Jimmy Botella busts the naturalistic fallacy and reveals the reality of our "unnatural" natural food supply ...
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Call to action: Grist reevaluates crop biotechnology; It’s time the rest of journalism does too

Grist is taking a bold step in reevaluating its anti-GE stance. It's the latest in many milestones for reason and ...
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UK joins project to make first synthetic eukaryote

UK researchers join a project to create the first synthetic eukaryote: designer yeast ...
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Monsanto wants to help honeybees fight mites with biotech

A new weapon in that fight to save honeybees could be RNA molecules that kill a troublesome parasite by disrupting ...
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Glow-in-the-dark nightmares: Anti-synthetic biology campaigners play hysteria card

In the minds of those who fear synthetic biology, a project to create plants which naturally glow—what should be seen ...
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Far-fetched ethical questions that are about to get real

Science fiction's favorite moral quandaries are suddenly pressing concerns ...
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Synthetic blood may introduce a host of complications

The pending arrival of synthetic blood is likely to come with some serious socioeconomic and ethical issues ...

Synthetic blood trial liscenced in Scotland

The following is an excerpt. Researchers based at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) in Edinburgh hope to use ...
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Synthetic blood: First human trials to take place in Scotland

Researchers in Scotland have received the go-ahead to set up a facility to manufacture synthetic blood from stem cells, bringing ...

Biologists engineer custom flu vaccine in a week

The following is an excerpt. A copy of the genetic code of an H7N9 avian flu—similar to, but not exactly ...

Anti-biotech ETC group launches fight over Kickstarter synthetic biology project

The following is an excerpt of a longer story. If the biohackers can have a Kickstarter campaign to release their ...
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Genetics continues to garner attention as conservation tool

Genetics continues to make headlines in conservation efforts, even if it's not the species-saving panacea some hope for ...

Synthetic biology could speed flu vaccine production

The following is an excerpt of a longer story. Synthetic biology is breathing new life into the old-fashioned world of ...
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DIY biotechnology: Glowing trees

Hoping to give new meaning to the term “natural light,” a small group of biotech enthusiasts is trying to create ...

Chinese H7N9 virus making its way to labs around the world

The following is an excerpt. The new H7N9 avian influenza strain that surfaced in China recently is now making its ...
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Lab-grown kidneys work in rats, offer hope for human transplants

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital report a medical first: lab-grown kidneys successfully transplanted into rats, where they functioned properly -- ...
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How will synthetic biology shape the future of agriculture?

Synthetic biology may have huge benefits for agriculture, but it will challenge human value systems ...
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The future of gene patenting

Are human genes patentable? The question is becoming less relevant as biotech patents move more toward completely synthetic genes and ...
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Genetic engineering joins the fight to save wildlife

Conservation workers will this week seek help from an unlikely set of allies. They will ask researchers working on synthetic ...
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Are we on the cusp of a bio-industrial revolution?

Imagine a biosynthetic hardware store, where researchers can cherry-pick exactly the correct parts to build whatever they’d like. Just as ...
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Genetic engineering turns microbes into industrial powerhouses

Thanks to a new method of gene expression quality control, the next industrial revolution could be biological ...
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Will animal-machine hybrids fight our next war?

The U.S. government is looking to animal-machine hybrids to safeguard the country and its citizens. The same advances that have ...
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Scientists engineer extreme bacteria to make fuel from carbon dioxide

University of Georgia researchers recently used the mighty Pyrococcus furiosus, which usually eats carbohydrates and lives in super-heated waters or ...
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De-extinction: Looking past the awe

De-extinction -- the revival of extinct species through biotechnology -- is an intoxicating idea. Who doesn't want the chance to ...
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Gene technology innovations reshaping future of medicine

The ability to map human DNA cheaply and quickly is yielding a torrent of data about the genetic drivers of ...

In defense of eugenics

I expect that belief in eugenics is far more prevalent than most people would comfortably wish it to be. One ...