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New Zika Diagnostic

By | May 9, 2016

A paper-based RNA test may offer a low-cost method for detecting the virus in the field.

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Lu on Syn Bio

By | May 1, 2016

MIT researcher and Scientist to Watch Timothy Lu talks about the value of cross-disciplinary approaches in bringing synthetic biology into the clinic.

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Timothy Lu: Niche Perfect

By | May 1, 2016

Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Biological Engineering, MIT. Age: 35

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Biological Programming

By | April 1, 2016

A new tool makes programming living cells like writing computer software.

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Next Generation: Toward Synthetic Neural Tissue

By | April 1, 2016

Scientists produce a tissue-like material containing hundreds of light-activated compartments that transmits an electrical signal when illuminated.

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Minimal Genome Created

By | March 24, 2016

Scientists build a living cellular organism with a genome smaller than any known in nature.

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Capsule Reviews

By | February 1, 2016

What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, The Illusion of God's Presence, GMO Sapiens, and Why We Snap

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Reducing Repetition While Building Biopolymers

By | January 11, 2016

A free algorithm helps synthetic biologists decide which codons to use to encode repetitive proteins using the least-repetitive DNA sequence possible.

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The Age of Pharmabrewing

By | January 1, 2016

We should not resist developing opiate-producing GM yeast for fear of the technology falling into the wrong hands.

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Controlling Synthetic Bacteria

By | December 7, 2015

“Kill switches” ensure that genetically engineered bacteria survive only in certain environmental conditions.

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