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Synthetic biology breaks out of the cell

Cells are one of nature’s greatest feats of engineering. They contain within the instructions for the entire lifecycle of our bodies. They are a critical building block for all life on Earth. But they also have their...

With the recent patent news, who owns CRISPR now?

CRISPR gene-editing technology promises to be one of the most significant scientific and medical breakthroughs in modern history. Its precision and relative ease-of-use have already transformed how scientists study...

A bold strategy for saving our world

Novel nitrogen sources allow us to radically rethink how we produce food and materials for humankind. Agriculture has come a long way in the last 100 years, due in large part to the invention of synthetic nitrogen...

The CRISPR twins: bioethics for the gene-editing age

The discovery of CRISPR technology brought the bioethics of altering human DNA to the forefront. And rightly so. CRISPR is a powerful tool, potentially capable of changing who we are at our genetic core. In light of...

Moving to Mars? Biomaterials point the way

Synthetic biology innovations aim to change how we live on Earth. But could they also enable us to live on other planets? Scientists from iGEM teams to NASA are developing ways to make life off Earth a reality. Space...

Pivot Bio: Re-Awakening the Agricultural Microbiome

This story is brought to you by Pivot Bio, a company dedicated to providing farmers with solutions, so they can grow high-quality, environmentally-responsible and sustainably focused food crops that help feed families...