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Creating a synthetic version of the Ebola virus to help fight the real thing

Scientists at the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention have created a synthetic version of the Ebola virus circulating in ...
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Directed evolution tool could force viruses to churn out new drugs ‘in a matter of days’

Evolution is one of nature's most impressive forces, allowing organisms to adapt to changing environments to survive. By harnessing and ...
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Artificial embryos made from stem cells could shed light on infertility, miscarriages and birth defects

Scientists have created living entities that resemble very primitive human embryos, the most advanced example of these structures yet created ...
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Vaccines for influenza, other diseases will be ‘printed’ at home in the future

Rather than warehouses of refrigerated cures for static diseases, we need a highly distributed agile system for producing vaccines and ...
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9 questions about biohacking and the quest to upgrade the human body

As biohacking starts to appear more often in headlines, it’s worth getting clear on some of the fundamentals. Here are ...
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Synthetic biology could outperform plants at producing marijuana components. But obstacles remain.

Using the tools of synthetic biology, innovators are making a bold move into the cannabinoid industry, particularly as cannabinoids are ...
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Video: Tech guru and author Rob Reid on synthetic biology’s power to help or destroy us

In 2011, two separate research teams—one in Holland, the other in Wisconsin—set out to repair this "defect" in H5N1. By ...
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Milk without cows? Biotech startup recreates dairy proteins in the lab

Lab-grown meat is getting a lot of attention along with plant-based meat substitutes. Technology is driving the industry toward providing ...
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3D printed corneas could lead to transplants

Research led by Florida A&M University Pharmaceutics Professor Mandip Sachdeva has resulted in the creation of the first high throughput ...
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Lab-grown patch could be the solution for repairing damaged heart tissue

Restoring damaged heart tissue has proved difficult if not impossible, but a research team from Imperial College London has a ...
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Redesigning life: First living organism created with ‘fully synthetic’ genome

Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code. The lab-made ...
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Why synthetic biology is about much more than resurrecting woolly mammoths

Synthetic biology...Simply mentioning this term — whether at a cocktail party or on a pop culture TV show — evokes ...
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Why biotech firms are jumping into the cannabis business

As biotechnology embraces the legal cannabis industry, not a few of its executives are grappling with a dilemma: what will ...
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3D printed organs: We’re closer to solving the problem of how to supply them with blood

We’re tantalizingly close to growing organs in the lab, but the biggest remaining challenge has been creating the fine networks ...
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Podcast: How science brought us ‘synthetic’ fertilizer, and why it was a game changer for farmers

Bet you never thought fertilizer was magical but that changes today! On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, plant ...
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‘Reverse engineering’ our brains with silicon chips could help us understand consciousness

The fact that computers “think” very differently than our brains do actually gives them an advantage when it comes to ...
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Forget batteries and wires. Can we build robots out of synthetic DNA?

It's long been a dream of many to build robots that look and act like humans. After all, there's a ...
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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 ...