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Improved Semisynthetic Organism Created

By Abby Olena | January 23, 2017

Researchers generate an organism that can replicate artificial base pairs indefinitely.

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Streamlining the E. coli Genetic Code

By Karen Zusi | August 18, 2016

Scientists design a bacterial genome with only 57 codons.

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Building Gene Networks

By Richard A. Muscat | June 1, 2016

Synthetic biologists use natural genetic motifs to construct novel circuits.

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Synthetic Biology Comes into Its Own

By Richard A. Muscat | June 1, 2016

Researchers create novel genetic circuits that give insight into, and are inspired by, nature.

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Week in Review: February 22–26

By Jef Akst | February 26, 2016

Questions about how E. coli evolves; spermatids in a dish; fighting bacteria with virus-like molecule; what drives metastasis; antibodies fight Ebola in monkeys

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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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Circadian Clock Transplant

By Ruth Williams | June 12, 2015

Scientists establish a functional circadian rhythm in bacteria that don’t possess one naturally.

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Alternate Pathways Yield New Antibiotics

By Amanda B. Keener | May 29, 2015

Scientists tinker with biosynthetic pathways to make versions of a common antibiotic that stunt drug-resistant bacteria.

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Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 19, 2015

Increasing the abundance of a chemical some microbes use to communicate with one another can help reinstate beneficial bacterial populations in the guts of antibiotic-treated mice. 

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Spinning Recombinant Spider Silk

By Jenny Rood | March 6, 2015

Scientists engineer E. coli to produce artificial spider silk.

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