genetic engineering
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.
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2017
Rare genetic variants could blunt efforts to destroy pest populations. 
Ancient Protein Helps <em>E. coli</em> Thwart Viral Attack
Ancient Protein Helps E. coli Thwart Viral Attack
Ashley Yeager | May 9, 2017
When engineered to use a four-billion-year-old version of the protein thioredoxin, the bacteria can stall bacteriophage replication, a new study shows.
Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes
Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes
Kerry Grens | Mar 28, 2017
In an effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus, Harris County officials are in discussions with Oxitec to release insects engineered to produce short-lived offspring.
Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed
Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 9, 2017
Members of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have synthesized five additional yeast chromosomes from scratch.