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Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies

By | June 11, 2015

Austen Heinz, who founded Cambrian Genomics to custom print DNA and had grand ideas about designing organisms, has passed away at age 31.

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Ebola Virus Virulence

By | June 9, 2015

The strain of Ebola that has circulated in West Africa for the last year takes longer to kill macaques than the virus that caused an outbreak in Central Africa in 1976.

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More Lab-Made Nucleotides

By | June 8, 2015

Artificial bases that act like the real deal can be designed to bind specifically to tumor cells.

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Drug for Low Sex Drive in Women?

By | June 8, 2015

A federal advisory panel supports the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first drug for female sexual dysfunction.

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The Roots of Schizophrenia

By | June 4, 2015

Researchers link disease-associated mutations to excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain.

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Clinical Matchmaker

By | June 1, 2015

Enrolling the right patient population could be key to a successful clinical trial.

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Resistance Fighter

By | June 1, 2015

Stuart Levy has spent a lifetime studying mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and crusading to abolish the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

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Genetically engineered commensal bacteria help researchers detect cancer metastases in mouse livers.

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Human Genes Can Save Yeast

By | May 21, 2015

Replacing yeast genes with their human equivalents reveals functional conservation despite a billion years of divergent evolution.

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CRISPR “Kill Switches” for GMOs

By | May 21, 2015

Researchers create an inducible method to remove specific genes and even kill escaped genetically modified organisms.

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