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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 ...
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Burkina Faso aims to fight malaria with GMO mosquitoes, but activists warn of ‘species contamination’

Nonprofit group Project Target Malaria plans to conduct an experimental release of genetically engineered mosquitoes to stop the spread of ...
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Oxitec, Gates Foundation aim to curb pesticide-resistant insects, malaria with new ‘self-limiting mosquito’

Oxitec [a] UK-based biotechnology company ..... [October 18] announced that it is expanding its collaboration with the Bill & Melinda ...
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Synthetic biology mosquitoes: Pioneering solution emerges to counter fears over using genetic engineering to control Zika

In fall 2015, the biotech company Oxitec planned to release genetically engineered mosquitoes throughout the Florida Keys capable of stopping their ...
After centuries of failed attempts at breeding a blue rose, biotechnology does the trick

After centuries of failed attempts at breeding a blue rose, biotechnology does the trick

For centuries, gardeners have attempted to breed blue roses with no success. But now, thanks to modern biotechnology, the elusive ...
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Synthetic, animal-free collagen could produce candy, shampoo and lotions of the future

Geltor, based in San Leandro, California, produces the protein collagen without animals. Collagen is found in a variety of foods, ...
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Defining life: If it’s created in a lab, is it really alive?

Describing life is difficult and evasive. Will we fully understand life if we can create it through synthetic biology? ...
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Mysterious ‘Ebola-like’ outbreak linked to synthetic marijuana

Since March, hundreds of people in the U.S. have come down with horrific, Ebola-like symptoms of bleeding. The initially mysterious ...
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Can we grow clothing textiles from living organisms?

[A] small but growing group of innovators is turning to the genius of nature in an attempt to put wastefulness ...
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Using engineered gut bacteria to fight genetic disease

A Boston-based synthetic biology company is taking a novel approach to treating the rare genetic metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria. Synlogic uses ...
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Agricultural innovations in synthetic biology will help launch next tech boom

Civic and mechanical engineering harnessed the principles of physics to erect buildings, cities, and modes of transportation. Chemical engineering exploited ...
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Using synthetic biology to help humans adapt to a life on Mars

Synthetic biology could solve many problems that Mars colonization brings up ...
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Biotech firm Pivot Bio beta testing ‘clean, alternative’ nitrogen fertilizer to spare farmland, protect waterways

Across the Corn Belt this summer, Pivot Bio and farmers in the company’s Intent to Pivot program are beta testing the first sustainable nitrogen ...
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Impossible Foods exec: Environmentalist opponents are on ‘wrong side of history’

For more than a year, the nongovernmental organization Friends of the Earth (FOE) has been trying to malign and defame ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs may be controversial, but bio-technology is creating a greener, cleaner world

Jason Kelly, founder of the microbe engineering company Ginkgo Bioworks, wants those who work in the often-contentious field of GMOs ...
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FDA vs USDA? Federal agencies ready for a turf war, but may partner to regulate lab-grown meat

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said [on July 17th] that the agency is working closely with USDA on early efforts to ...
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Lab-grown meat debate stirs ethical questions about the future of food and synthetic biology

More than a century ago, dairy farmers sounded the alarm on margarine, insisting that it wasn’t really butter, and it therefore ...
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‘Clean meat’: How lab-grown foods can feed us in the future

For long enough, I have been fascinated with the idea of growing stuff in the lab whether it’s milk, egg ...
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FDA vs. USDA: FDA makes public pitch it has the most expertise to regulate cell-based meat

Food and Drug Administration officials and executives from companies that plan to make meat and seafood from animal cells made ...
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Biosecurity dilemma: Should mega synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks be trusted to police its own industry?

Try as a nefarious actor might, it would be near impossible to order the ingredients for making a deadly virus ...
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From veganism to ‘post meat’ foods: The six varieties of meat substitutes

Civilians often clump the alternative meat companies and labs together in some kind of big meatless meatball, but, just like ...