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How synthetic biology is dyeing the future of fashion

Your favorite pair of jeans began as strings of cotton yarn, bobbing and weaving through scalding hot water and vats of indigo dye. The cotton runs through the dyeing cycle nearly a dozen times; the cotton fibers first...

Synthetic biology for sustainable cities

Sustainability is in vogue, with businesses and cities jostling to improve their public image and produce goods and services using renewable sources. Yet cities exponentially swell and carbon emissions continue to...

Finding a Needle in the Cancer Haystack

Mission Bio recently announced a $30+ million Series B funding round to scale up their single-cell DNA analysis platforms and expand into global markets. Mission Bio uses microfluidics, droplet PCR, and custom barcoding...

Living Medicines: Engineering the Microbiome

The idea of leveraging an organism’s intrinsic properties for medical benefits has existed for millennia. But in the last few years, synthetic biologists have revolutionized the idea of living medicines —...