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Designer DNA

By | October 1, 2017

Computational tools for mapping out synthetic nucleic acids

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By | October 1, 2017

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Watch This Biofilm

By | October 1, 2017

Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.

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Making DNA Data Storage a Reality

By | October 1, 2017

A few kilograms of DNA could theoretically store all of humanity’s data, but there are practical challenges to overcome.

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Infographic: Writing with DNA

By | October 1, 2017

Researchers devise numerous strategies to encode information into nucleic acids.

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Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna

By | October 1, 2017

In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.

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In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years Old

By | September 28, 2017

Embedded within 3.95-billion-year-old rock, scientists have found graphite with a carbon signature that indicates biological activity.

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In-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome

By | September 20, 2017

Hundreds of samples from microbes living in the gut, skin, mouth, and vagina add to the human microbiome “fingerprint.” 

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Image of the Day: It’s Alive

By | September 14, 2017

New microscopy techniques reveal that heterochromatin—the condensed, seemingly dormant portions of DNA—is not as dense as scientists once thought.

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Infection During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Mouse Model

By | September 13, 2017

Bacterial strains in mice’s gut microbiomes mediated their pups’ risk for developing abnormal behaviors.

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