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Ten Years of CRISPR
This month marks ten years since CRISPR-Cas9 was repurposed as a gene editing system, so we’re looking back at what has been accomplished in a decade of CRISPR editing.
Ten Years of CRISPR
Ten Years of CRISPR

This month marks ten years since CRISPR-Cas9 was repurposed as a gene editing system, so we’re looking back at what has been accomplished in a decade of CRISPR editing.

This month marks ten years since CRISPR-Cas9 was repurposed as a gene editing system, so we’re looking back at what has been accomplished in a decade of CRISPR editing.

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Paolo Macchiarini stands at a podium with a microphone
Paolo Macchiarini Found Guilty for Botched Surgery
Amanda Heidt | Jun 16, 2022
The former thoracic surgeon was acquitted on two counts of intentional assault but convicted on a single count of felony bodily injury for a series of fatal procedures in the early 2010s.
a skin-coated robot finger sits in a petri dish of culture media
Robot Finger’s Living Skin Stretches, Heals Like the Real Thing
Christie Wilcox | Jun 10, 2022
Researchers in Japan have given a plastic robot finger a layered coating made from actual, living skin cells. Next, they aim to add hair and sweat glands.
Making Scientific Strides in the Produce Aisle
Science Philosophy in a Flash - Making Scientific Strides in the Produce Aisle
Iris Kulbatski, PhD
Andrew Pelling shares how pursuing knowledge for its own sake breaks down interdisciplinary barriers and lays the foundation for ground-breaking research.
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Patient Implanted with Live, 3D-Printed Tissue in Medical First
Shawna Williams | Jun 2, 2022
An ear made from the person’s own cells was surgically attached in March, the company behind the technology says.
Bacteria on the skin
Biotech Tries Manipulating the Skin Microbiome
Bianca Nogrady | Apr 18, 2022
Researchers are revealing the complexity of the microbial community living on the body—and paving the way for new bacteria-targeting treatments for acne and other dermatological conditions.
in love with the shape of you
In Love with the Shape of You: Physical Scaffolding Defines Organoid Patterning
Sejal Davla, PhD
Controlling a growing tissue’s shape achieves deterministic and uniform patterning in intestinal organoids.
Electrode array, with needle-like electrodes facing upward
Brain Implant Allows Completely Paralyzed Patient to Communicate
Natalia Mesa | Mar 24, 2022
The patient, who has ALS, is able to communicate in complete sentences by deliberately altering his brain’s activity.
Abstract graphene structures
Synthetic Organelles Let Researchers Control Cell Behavior
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2021
A technique that reversibly bundles tagged cargo into artificial membraneless compartments gives scientists the ability to switch cell processes on and off.
Building a Synthetic Biology Platform for Drug Delivery
Building a Synthetic Biology Platform for Drug Delivery
The Scientist Creative Services Team
Kate Adamala and Niren Murthy will discuss the latest advances in drug delivery using synthetic biology approaches.
The US Senate Chamber with the Capitol Building in the background.
US Senate Passes Bill for Nearly $250 Billion in Science Funding
Christie Wilcox | Jun 9, 2021
The legislation, which now heads to the House, aims to ensure the country can compete with China technologically by supporting research and development over the next five years.
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Artificial Heart Valves Grow with Lambs
Emma Yasinski | Mar 19, 2021
Two of the implanted valves lasted a full year as the animals matured into adult sheep, demonstrating that it might be possible to treat children with valve replacements that grow along with them.
High Content Phenotypic Screening and Analysis Enhances Drug Discovery
The Scientist Creative Services Team
Molly Shoichet and Bridget Wagner discuss strategies for using phenotypic screening to identify novel agents against diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
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2020 in Pictures
Amanda Heidt | Dec 18, 2020
This year yielded stunning images of transparent human organs, apex predators, and the world’s response to the ongoing pandemic.
Image of the Day: Biomimetic Arteries
Amy Schleunes | Apr 6, 2020
A newly engineered synthetic blood vessel offers a novel platform for developing drugs that treat high blood pressure.
Combating COVID-19 with Cell-Free Expression
The Scientist Creative Services Team
Scientists rely on synthetic biology and cell-free expression systems for developing novel approaches to combat the pandemic.
Natural Killer Cell Therapies Catch Up to CAR T
Bianca Nogrady | Apr 1, 2020
There’s a new cell-based cancer immunotherapy on the block.
Image of the Day: Lumbar Support
Amy Schleunes | Mar 24, 2020
An experimental tissue engineering treatment that addresses damage at both the inner core and outer ring of sheep intervertebral discs improves spinal structure and function.
Patients Try Most Intuitive Hand Prosthetics Yet in Pilot Trial
Abby Olena | Mar 5, 2020
Researchers and clinicians make small muscle grafts into the arms of amputees to amplify the signals from their peripheral nerves, which then direct the movement of a robotic hand.
Image of the Day: Synthetic Scaffolds
Amy Schleunes | Feb 27, 2020
Three-dimensional polymer matrices offer researchers a new representation of the extracellular matrix that can be used to study the growth of cancer cells.