Infographic: Building an Artificial Chromosome
Infographic: Building an Artificial Chromosome
Integrating a specialized histone into large segments of transgenic DNA enables centromere formation.
Infographic: Building an Artificial Chromosome
Infographic: Building an Artificial Chromosome

Integrating a specialized histone into large segments of transgenic DNA enables centromere formation.

Integrating a specialized histone into large segments of transgenic DNA enables centromere formation.

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Streamlined Artificial Chromosome Creation
Streamlined Artificial Chromosome Creation
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2019
Recruiting an epigenetic instigator of centromere formation into large segments of cloned DNA facilitates their transformation into artificial chromosomes.
Timing and Order of Molecular Events Recorded in Live Cells’ DNA
Timing and Order of Molecular Events Recorded in Live Cells’ DNA
Ruth Williams | Aug 22, 2019
Genetic engineers have co-opted base editing machinery to enable information storage and processing in the DNA of bacterial and mammalian cells.
Image of the Day: Imitation Fish
Image of the Day: Imitation Fish
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 20, 2019
Scientists create a soft-bodied robotic fish that pumps synthetic blood and swims on its own.
Most Extensive Synthetic Genome Project to Date
Most Extensive Synthetic Genome Project to Date
Ashley P. Taylor | May 16, 2019
Study shows the viability of bacteria with human-made, recoded DNA.
Opinion: How to Define Life
Opinion: How to Define Life
John D. Loike, Robert Pollack | May 2, 2019
As artificial life forms become more sophisticated, we propose a simple list of criteria to determine whether synthetic biological organisms and robots are living beings.
Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA
Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA
John D. Loike, Robert Pollack | Mar 1, 2019
A newly expanded genetic alphabet that includes four synthetic nucleotides highlights the need for strict boundaries on their use.
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
Ruth Williams | Feb 21, 2019
All life on Earth uses a genetic code based on four nucleotides. Now, scientists have created one with eight.
CRISPR Reworked to Record a Cell’s Own Transcriptional Activity
CRISPR Reworked to Record a Cell’s Own Transcriptional Activity
Ruth Williams | Oct 18, 2018
Researchers create permanent DNA records directly from transient RNA transcripts within bacterial cells.
Synthetic Bacteria Help Treat Phenylketonuria in MiceSynthetic Bacteria Help Treat Phenylketonuria in Mice
Synthetic Bacteria Help Treat Phenylketonuria in Mice
Diana Kwon | Aug 17, 2018
The genetically engineered probiotic, already in clinical trials, may ease patients’ strict dietary regimes.