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Using synthetic biology to design new kinds of life—and novel drugs to treat diseases

All living things on Earth are built from proteins created from the same 20 chemical units, called amino acids. Now, ...
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‘Teaching plants new tricks’: How synthetic biology is reshaping agriculture

Aug 7-9, San Jose, California – the American Society for Plant Biology (ASPB) showcased the latest research in Plant Synthetic Biology ...
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Using synthetic biology to solve some of ‘the hardest problems in the world’, with new foods, medicines

Many of the products we use every day—plastics, cosmetics, clothing, fertilizers, and even aspirin—include molecular ingredients derived from petrochemicals. But, ...
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Following approval of GMO crops, Nigeria sets sights on other biotech advances, including gene editing and synthetic biology

Africa's most populous nation has achieved significant strides in biotechnology ...
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Green chemicals: How DNA assembly tech streamlines microbe engineering to boost urban farming

Researchers at SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a technology that greatly ...
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How fragile egg shells could help us repair, grow new bones

We think of eggshells as fragile. Yet these thin, easily breakable shells may be the key to making better, stronger ...
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‘GMO is too simplistic’: Why industrial microbes need their own classification system

ASTM International is the global leader in voluntary technical standards. If you’ve ever worn a bicycle helmet, for example, you’ve ...
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As technology ‘wipes out’ traditional work, biotech investment could revitalize rural America

Cow-free burgers are now all the rage — after Beyond Meats’ recent IPO, shares rose 163% on the first day ...
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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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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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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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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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‘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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Why we should worry about a resurrection of the deadly smallpox virus

The scientist who entered [Room 3C16] saw 12 mysterious cardboard boxes on a crowded shelf in the far left corner ...
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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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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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‘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 ...