For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.
Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.
October 1, 2011|
|Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic CodeResearchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.By Sabine Louët|
|Tailor-Made GenomeA method for rapidly replacing stop codons throughout the genetic code of E. coli paves the way for biomanufacturing designer proteins.By Tia Ghose|
|Garage InnovationThe potential costs of regulating synthetic biology must be counted against putative benefits.By Rob Carlson|
|Q&A: Ethics Chair On Synthetic BiologyThe Scientist speaks with the chair of a presidential bioethics commission, which decided this week that synthetic biology should not be too harshly regulated by the US government.By Jef Akst|
|Is the “Synthetic Cell” about Life?A bioethicist explores the soul of Venter’s new life form and of his experiment.By Gregory Kaebnick|