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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 ...

Should we be worried about Obama’s DNA getting hacked? (Video)

An article in The Atlantic suggests hacking the President's DNA is actually a viable assassination threat. It sounds like something ...

Synthetic biology and genetics: key components of Kurzweil’s “Singularity”

Famed futurist Ray Kurzweil estimates that by 2045 we will reach the "Singularity," a point of no return where people ...

What is a posthuman being?

What is a posthuman being? For years, I have been hearing that we are gradually moving towards a new state ...

Soldier beetle’s genes may hold key for synthesizing antibiotic, anti-cancer chemicals

New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesised using biotechnology, following CSIRO's discovery of the three genes that ...
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New gene-altering drug paves way for mass human modification

We’ve seen genetically modified mosquitoes, genetically modified plants, and genetically modified cows, but could we soon be dealing with our ...

Humanity undergoing “technophysio-evolution”?

Advancements have been made so quickly, and have had such a significant impact on the human body that in the ...

Why is synthetic biology important?

In Regenesis the authors ask, “What should we do?” How can we balance economic growth and a sustainable environment? How ...

Researchers develop new tool for making genetic engineering of microbial circuits reliably predictable

Synthetic biology is the latest and most advanced phase of genetic engineering, holding great promise for helping to solve some ...
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Synthesizing life means faster cures, biologist says

A leader in the field of synthetic biology, J. Craig Venter considers himself an optimist, but he can see the ...

Researchers build most complex synthetic biology circuit yet

Using genes as interchangeable parts, synthetic biologists design cellular circuits that can perform new functions, such as sensing environmental conditions ...
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Past and future: Re-examining Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned animal

Fifteen years ago, scientists in Edinburgh announced to the world an incredible breakthrough: the creation of the first cloned animal--a ...
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Could hand-made humans may hold the key to saving the world?

I propose that we consider another solution to the problem of climate change that has not been considered before and ...

Meet the world’s first transhumanist politician

It's not necessarily a negative thing for us to become less human, says transhumanist politician Giuseppe Vatinno ...
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Maverick ethics professor: “It’s our duty to have designer babies”

Julian Savulescu, the Oxford University professor of ethics controversially argues that “breeding better babies” is our human imperative ...
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Transhumanism series premiers on web

A new high-profile digital series H+ portrays a world in the not-so-distant future in which transhumanism has moved from the ...

Will overregulation in Europe stymie synthetic biology?

The promising new field of “synthetic biology” involves the design and construction of new biological components, devices and systems, as ...

Synthetic ‘upgrade’ for fruit fly’s DNA

The genetic code of the fruit fly Drosophila has been hacked into, allowing it to make proteins with properties that ...

Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a "moral obligation" as it makes them grow ...

Synthetic future: Harvard Medical School professor leads effort to streamline biological engineering

If the field of synthetic biology lives up to its promise, says Harvard Medical School Professor Pamela Silver, cheap, fast ...

Scientific journal launches controversial synthetic biology collection

Today PLOS ONE is happy to announce the launch of the Synthetic Biology Collection, including over 50 papers published in ...