genetic engineering
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
Abby Olena | Oct 13, 2017
The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.
Gene Drive Limitations
Gene Drive Limitations
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2017
In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.
Meet the Transgenic Silkworms That Are Spinning Out Spider Silk
Meet the Transgenic Silkworms That Are Spinning Out Spider Silk
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.
Spider Silk
Spider Silk
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has genetically engineered a silkworm to spin spider silk, which might be used for futuristic products.
Technique Adapted from CRISPR-Cas9 Corrects Mutation in Human Embryos
Technique Adapted from CRISPR-Cas9 Corrects Mutation in Human Embryos
Catherine Offord | Sep 28, 2017
Researchers use base-editing to swap out an erroneous nucleotide responsible for a potentially life-threatening blood disorder.
A Bacteria-Laden Shirt That Ventilates in Response to Sweat
A Bacteria-Laden Shirt That Ventilates in Response to Sweat
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2017
Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.
Living Fabric
Living Fabric
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
See the bacteria-powered, breathable clothing made by former MIT researcher Wen Wang and colleagues.
Human Genetic Variation May Complicate CRISPR
Human Genetic Variation May Complicate CRISPR
Ashley Yeager | Jul 31, 2017
Slight sequence differences confound target sites in precision genome-editing, a study shows.
Microbiota Manipulations
Microbiota Manipulations
Ruth Williams | Jul 17, 2017
Two research teams develop tools for tinkering with a bacterial genus prominent in human guts.
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
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.