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“Smarter” CAR T Cells Target Tumors with Precision
Two studies in mice now show that researchers can control when and where CAR T cells are active, potentially overcoming previous hurdles for CAR T–based treatments.
“Smarter” CAR T Cells Target Tumors with Precision
“Smarter” CAR T Cells Target Tumors with Precision

Two studies in mice now show that researchers can control when and where CAR T cells are active, potentially overcoming previous hurdles for CAR T–based treatments.

Two studies in mice now show that researchers can control when and where CAR T cells are active, potentially overcoming previous hurdles for CAR T–based treatments.

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Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Nov 23, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.
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Scientists Resurrect Ancient Rubiscos to Understand Their Evolution
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Oct 14, 2022 | 5 min read
A team proposes that the addition of a small accessory subunit to the carbon-fixing enzyme was key to improving its catalytic properties and specificity to CO2.
Brush Up: Quorum Sensing in Bacteria and Beyond
Brush Up: Quorum Sensing in Bacteria and Beyond
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 4 min read
Microbes communicate with quorum sensing to coordinate their behavior in response to how many neighbors they have.
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Geneticist Arthur Riggs Dies at 82
Lisa Winter | Apr 14, 2022 | 2 min read
His research paved the way for the development of synthetic insulin to treat diabetes.
Toward COVID-19 Testing Any Time, Anywhere
Abby Olena, PhD | Sep 2, 2020 | 7 min read
Researchers are adapting CRISPR, synthetic biology, and other creative approaches to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acids outside of the lab or doctors’ offices, in the hopes of making diagnostics more affordable and accessible.
Learn How Cutting-Edge Science is Breaking Through Industry Barriers
Focus on Innovation: Scientific Advances Driving Biopharma Market Trends
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team and Tecan | 1 min read
Explore the future of biopharma research and development.
Research Slated for Fall Will Stumble Without Undergraduates
Amanda Heidt | Aug 10, 2020 | 4 min read
Junior faculty in particular may lose ground as undergrad students remain barred from university labs.
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Opinion: Lab Work Under Isolation
Kate Adamala | Apr 9, 2020 | 4 min read
Here’s how my group put our research on pause and how we’ve continued our work from home.
Building a Synthetic Biology Platform for Drug Delivery
Building a Synthetic Biology Platform for Drug Delivery
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Kate Adamala and Niren Murthy will discuss the latest advances in drug delivery using synthetic biology approaches.
Image of the Day: Biomimetic Arteries
Amy Schleunes | Apr 6, 2020 | 1 min read
A newly engineered synthetic blood vessel offers a novel platform for developing drugs that treat high blood pressure.
Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle and Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020 | 3 min read
Researchers are engineering microbes to deliver therapeutics specifically to tumors, maximizing the treatments’ efficacy while minimizing side effects.
Learn About the Latest Innovations in Microbiology Research
Getting Ahead of the Curve with Microbiological Assays
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team and Tecan | 1 min read
Versatile technology helps scientists streamline microbiology research.
Bacteria as Living Microrobots to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle and Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
Autonomous, living microrobots that seek and destroy cancer are not as futuristic as one might imagine, thanks to a fusion of robotics and synthetic biology.
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Algorithm Designs Robots Using Frog Cells
Emma Yasinski | Jan 13, 2020 | 3 min read
Scientists carve the shapes from piles of frog cells, like a sculptor building a statue.
John Glass describes why researchers constructed a synthetic unicellular organism and how it unravels the secrets of evolution.
The Scientist Speaks - DIY Cells: Understanding Life with a Synthetic Minimal Cell
Sejal Davla, PhD | 1 min read
John Glass describes why researchers constructed a synthetic unicellular organism and how it unravels the secrets of evolution.
Lab-Evolved E. coli Consume Carbon Dioxide
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019 | 3 min read
Bacteria that take in inorganic carbon could have applications in sustainable biofuels.
Infographic: Building an Artificial Chromosome
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2019 | 1 min read
Integrating a specialized histone into large segments of transgenic DNA enables centromere formation.
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Engineered Yeast Robots Destroy Inflammatory Molecules in an IBD Mouse Model
Roni Dengler, PhD | 3 min read
Scientists added a gene circuit that senses and neutralizes proinflammatory ATP to yeast, taking another step towards precision medicine.
Streamlined Artificial Chromosome Creation
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Recruiting an epigenetic instigator of centromere formation into large segments of cloned DNA facilitates their transformation into artificial chromosomes.
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