synthetic biology

Opening the floodgates to synthetic biology innovations in drugs, textiles, agricultural products and advanced materials

Today’s DNA makers still create their products using chemistry. To form a new double helix, the individual letters of DNA ...
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Viewpoint: Someone created a synthetic cousin of smallpox: Where are the alarm bells?

In 2017, the virologist David Evans made headlines when he used synthetic biology to recreate the extinct horsepox virus, which ...
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Can we prevent a synthetic DNA catastrophe—accidental or intentional—through these proposed safeguards?

New approaches to DNA editing and synthesis have made it easier to manipulate biological agents and systems, increasing the risk ...
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3D-printed plastic bunny contains its own blueprint coded in synthetic DNA

The kumquat-sized bunny, cute as it may be, isn’t a toy or a good luck charm. But if you cut ...
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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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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 ...