Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA
Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA
A newly expanded genetic alphabet that includes four synthetic nucleotides highlights the need for strict boundaries on their use.
Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA
Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA

A newly expanded genetic alphabet that includes four synthetic nucleotides highlights the need for strict boundaries on their use.

A newly expanded genetic alphabet that includes four synthetic nucleotides highlights the need for strict boundaries on their use.

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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.
Researchers Fuse Chromosomes to Create New Yeast Strains
Researchers Fuse Chromosomes to Create New Yeast Strains
Diana Kwon | Aug 1, 2018
Saccharomyces cerevisiae showed only minor alterations in growth and gene expression when its 16 chromosomes were combined.
Caffeine-Triggered Cells Help Control Blood Sugar in Diabetic Mice
Caffeine-Triggered Cells Help Control Blood Sugar in Diabetic Mice
Diana Kwon | Jun 20, 2018
Scientists engineered human cells to produce a molecule that stimulates insulin secretion in the presence of caffeine.
Bioluminescent Bacteria in a Wifi Pill Track Gut Health in Pigs
Bioluminescent Bacteria in a Wifi Pill Track Gut Health in Pigs
Kerry Grens | May 24, 2018
The micro-bio-electronic device combines bacteria that can detect certain molecules along with wifi-connected electrical outputs.
Top Technical Advances in 2017
Top Technical Advances in 2017
Shawna Williams | Dec 24, 2017
The year’s most impressive achievements include new methods to extend CRISPR editing, patch-clamp neurons hands-free, and analyze the contents of live cells.
Meet the Press, 1967
Meet the Press, 1967
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2017
Fifty years ago, Arthur Kornberg announced to reporters that his team had synthesized functional DNA.
Six-Letter DNA Alphabet Produces Proteins in Cells
Six-Letter DNA Alphabet Produces Proteins in Cells
Ruth Williams | Nov 29, 2017
Transcription and translation of DNA containing synthetic base pairs becomes a reality in living cells.