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Top Technical Advances in 2017

By Shawna Williams | December 25, 2017

The year’s most impressive achievements include new methods to extend CRISPR editing, patch-clamp neurons hands-free, and analyze the contents of live cells.

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Meet the Press, 1967

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2017

Fifty years ago, Arthur Kornberg announced to reporters that his team had synthesized functional DNA.

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Six-Letter DNA Alphabet Produces Proteins in Cells

By Ruth Williams | November 29, 2017

Transcription and translation of DNA containing synthetic base pairs becomes a reality in living cells.

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A team has engineered two stem cell lines into “synthetic T cells” that destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. 

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Designer DNA

By Rachel Berkowitz | October 1, 2017

Computational tools for mapping out synthetic nucleic acids

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Puzzle Me This

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2017

Looking at words on many different levels

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Watch This Biofilm

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2017

Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.

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These engineered “cells” were made from the secretions and membranes of human mesenchymal stem cells.

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Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor

By Erin Hare | May 22, 2017

Genetically engineered "disco bacteria" sense and respond to different colors of light, creating both stunning art in the culture dish and new possibilities for synthetic biology.

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Researchers have constructed prosthetic female reproductive organs and implanted them in mice, some of which conceived and gave birth to live young.

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