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Going viral: Synthetic biology and the Green New Deal

It is rare for a piece of proposed legislation to go viral, but that is exactly what is happening with the Green New Deal. What is it? One version being championed by freshman New York Representative and progressive...

New cell-free expression system runs on linear DNA

Before synthetic biology can retool the economy, save the planet, or help put people on Mars, it’s going to have to become significantly easier to use. Take computers. If you wanted to do anything useful with a computer...

Can we go carbon negative?

For centuries, humans rummaged around. We built homes with gathered wood. We stretched animal skins. The Earth provided ready-made building blocks — for front doors, and for shoes — and our material needs were met...

Towards data-driven biotechnology

Want to know whether a company is fit for the future? Measure what it does with bytes, not barrels. Data centers are the new oil refineries, argues The Economist. Where black sludge and steam once marked the beating...

Are programmable plants the future of farming?

After publishing On The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin turned his formidable attention away from grand theories of evolution and towards another biological mystery: the subtle behavior of plants. At his home in...