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Video: MIT scientists create plants that glow in the dark

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a ...
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Ginkgo Bioworks: $1 billon company uses genetically engineered microbes to make food, fragrances

Ginkgo Bioworks, the biotech startup that’s genetically engineering microbes to make everything from fragrances to food, is ramping up production ...
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‘Living tattoo’ made with 3D-printed bacteria responds to stimuli

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a "living ...
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Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

If heart transplantation - 50 years after Christiaan Barnard carried out the first operation - has become routine, what exactly ...
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Building and coding your own video games with jellyfish DNA

[Engineer Helene Steiner] has developed a bio-pixel display that can play games such as Tetris, Snake or Pong using the ...
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Genetic engineering, synthetic biology poised to boost photosynthesis and carbon capture

In a feature article published in the open access journal eLife, an international team of experts led by Dr Bonnie Wintle ...
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‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

Every living thing on Earth stores the instructions for life as DNA, using the four genetic bases A, G, C, ...
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So much data to store: Can DNA solve our problem?

Many pundits predict it’s just a matter of time till DNA pips magnetic tape as the ultimate way to store ...
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GM yeast grows non-psychoactive marijuana compound for potential epilepsy treatment

A non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana plants called cannabidivarin (CBDV) has shown promise in the treatment of severe cases of epilepsy ...
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Gene circuit triggers immune system to battle cancer

A research team at MIT has used synthetic biology to create a gene circuit that triggers the immune system to ...
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Bioethics: What are CRISPR’s real threats and rewards?

[S]cientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research participated in an international think tank this month ...
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Genetically modified skin grafts could monitor glucose, end needle sticks for diabetes

Painful and inconvenient, needle sticks are part of daily life for many people with diabetes. Wouldn’t it be great if ...
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Growing cancer drugs in chicken eggs could lower costs by 90%

Researchers in Japan may have found a way to produce cheaper drugs that could be used to treat a range ...
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Modeling human tumors in mice can be problematic—here’s why

[A] new study [read full study] suggests that an unfortunate side effect of ... evolutionary changes is that human tumors are ...
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We’re a long way from Blade Runner-like organic androids

[Editor's note: Fumiya Iida is a lecturer in mechatronics at the University of Cambridge.] The new Blade Runner sequel will return ...
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Mass tragedies underscore desperate need for synthetic blood

Scientists have been working on creating synthetic blood for years now. The hope is that this substance will have a ...
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Synthetic bionics: E. coli pills could boost body’s ability to absorb ammonia in the gut

Synlogic of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the company behind the unusual study, is testing what it calls “synthetic biotics,” or bacteria engineered ...
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Human embryoids push bioethical boundaries

Scientists are using stem cells to create clumps of cells that increasingly resemble bits of brain, lungs, or intestine. […] ...
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Mini ‘brains’ aid study of dementia and mental illness

[A] brain organoid begins as a single skin cell taken from an adult. With the right biochemical prodding, that cell ...
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Simulated ‘cellular suicide’ could help control chronic inflammation

Inflammation, in particular, is vital to fighting infection or healing wounds. If it lingers, however, it can cause more harm ...
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De-extinction: How far should humans go in resurrecting lost species?

The science of resurrecting lost species takes many forms, but collectively it has become known as “de-extinction.” According to advocates ...
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Weakened Zika virus might help fight brain cancer in adults

A new study suggests that the same properties that make Zika a dangerous virus for unborn children could be useful ...
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Quest to colonize space demands boost from biotechnology, synthetic biology

The lack of technology for such sustainable life support systems is a major factor underlying criticism of human space exploration ...
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Older mini-brains could boost study of autism, schizophrenia

[Sergiu Paşca, a neuroscientist at Stanford University] has joined other researchers in growing little balls of human brain tissue, about ...
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Far out: Could psychedelics fight ‘treatment-resistant’ depression?

Given existing antidepressants don’t work for many people, the excitement surrounding the development of a new class of treatments from ...
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Doubts emerge about first ‘successfully cured’ CRISPR gene-edited human embryos

Doubts have surfaced about a landmark paper claiming that human embryos were cleared of a deadly mutation using genome editing ...
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Did life originate ‘naturally’ or are we a cosmic mistake?

Understanding the origin of life is arguably one of the most compelling quests for humanity. This quest has inevitably moved ...
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Making leather without animals: Genetically engineered leather made from modified yeast is here

The whole leather industry, based as it is on animal hides, is vulnerable these days to sensibilities about the relationship ...