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Using synthetics to design cells with new abilities ‘such as pumping out life-saving drugs’

A German team headed by Dr. Edward Lemke at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory described an entirely synthetic organelle inside living cells ...
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Are we on the verge of extending human life with ‘regenerative superpowers’?

The excessive demand for donated organs will only intensify as technologies like self-driving cars make the world safer, given that ...
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How synthetic biology could fight athletic doping with ‘biosensors’

It’s no secret that sports suffer from doping, the use of banned substances that enhance athletic performance. From Lance Armstrong ...
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How synthetic biology can cut nitrogen pollution and help reverse climate change

“I should say that I’m probably the doom and gloom story,” said the World Economic Forum’s Nishan Degnarain to laughter, ...
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Stealing DNA sequences? It can be done with an audio recorder

Engineers at the University of California say they have demonstrated how easy it would be to snoop on biotech companies ...
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Creating rare marijuana compounds with GM yeast could lead to a ‘blockbuster drug or two’

[Genetically modified brewer’s yeast] is churning out cannabinoids, the compounds found in marijuana. Researchers led by Jay Keasling, a professor ...
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Viewpoint: Creation of synthetic DNA demands ethical boundaries for its use

A study published [February 21] expands the redesign of the 4-billion-year-old genetic code from a four-nucleotide base-pair alphabet to an eight-base-pair ...
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Brewer’s yeast could be used to produce rare cannabis-derived compounds that treat anxiety, pain

The yeast that people have used for millennia to brew alcoholic drinks has now been engineered to produce cannabinoids — ...
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Synthetic doubling of life’s DNA alphabet suggests there’s nothing ‘magical’ about life on Earth

The DNA of life on Earth naturally stores its information in just four key chemicals — guanine, cytosine, adenine and ...
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Could this synthetic enzyme lead to a treatment for celiac disease?

Ingestible enzymes created by synthetic biology could allow people with celiac disease to eat gluten ...
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Video: Scientists ‘resurrect’ the scent of extinct flower by piecing together its DNA

Using the tools of paleogenomics, scientists at Gingko Bioworks, a Boston-based synthetic biology company, have resurrected the smell of an extinct ...
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‘Perfect’ replicas of human blood vessels grown in lab

An international team of scientists claim to have pulled off a first: Three-dimensional replicas of human blood vessels that are ...
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3D bioprinting custom-fit spinal cord implants

The latest step toward 3D-printed replacements of failed human parts comes from a team at UC San Diego. It has ...
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Viewpoint: Documentary Genesis 2.0 delivers ‘warning’ about synthetic biology

“How did you manage to set free that terrible devil?” asks a Yakut poem, solemnly intoned near the beginning, and ...
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Creating artificial life and what we want from it—including resistance ‘to all known pathogens’

For some scientists, [synthetic biology] will have created artificial life if it can arrange DNA into new combinations on a ...
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Why 2019 will bring DNA data storage closer to reality

SynBioBeta 2018 culminated in a final panel discussion about the future of DNA synthesis — what many would call the future ...
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Viewpoint: Lab-grown meat isn’t as ‘clean’ as you might think

There are many polarizing false dichotomies around this emerging technology ...
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‘Cutting-edge’ artificial cells could boost precision medicine efforts

No biologist would mistake the microscopic "cells" that chemical biologist Neal Devaraj and colleagues are whipping up at the University ...
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Artificial vs natural? Ocean Spray sued for using synthetic flavor in its cranberry juice

Ocean Spray, the company that makes several popular cranberry juice drinks, is battling a class-action lawsuit brought by two plaintiffs ...
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Making a push for synthetic biology in Europe

Within a few years synthetic biology has evolved from being a new player in the molecular biology and biotech arena, ...
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New biocontainment strategy could prevent spread of GMO microbes in the wild

Hiroshima University (HU) researchers successfully developed a biocontainment strategy for …. GMOs. Their new method prevents genetically modified cyanobacteria from ...
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The future is now: Here are the most promising synthetic biology projects

Never has it been more possible to engineer biology (see ‘Tailor, not tinker’). But solving grand problems requires a switch ...
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Resurrecting scents that went extinct 100 years ago

Move aside, Chanel No. 5. Scientists have now created a scent that’s even older than the iconic perfume, even if ...
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Creating life from the ‘bottom up’: Can we make cells from scratch?

There were just eight ingredients: two proteins, three buffering agents, two types of fat molecule and some chemical energy. But ...
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Cell-based, synthetic, cultured? Debate intensifies over what to call lab-grown meat

Lab-grown. Cell-based. Clean. In vitro. Cultured. Fake. Artificial. Synthetic. Meat 2.0. These are all terms that refer to the same kind ...
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Peering back in time: Engineered synthetic organisms could help answer key evolutionary questions

Evolution is the accepted explanation for life's diversity today, but there are still some holes in the process that we ...
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Directed evolution and Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold

“Life is a tornado, and I am a leaf,” [Nobelist Frances H.] Arnold says. As the Linus Pauling Professor of ...
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How synthetic biology can solve the problems we’ve created

Human activity has wreaked havoc on the environment. Many of the products we rely on for our daily lives are ...