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How biomanufacturing can make living on Mars a reality

The wheels are in motion to send the first humans to Mars. For many, the first image that calls to mind may be of a spaceship touching down in a vast, red desert. But arriving on Mars is only half the picture. People...

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...