Arthur Riggs smiles for the camera
Geneticist Arthur Riggs Dies at 82
His research paved the way for the development of synthetic insulin to treat diabetes.
ABOVE: City of Hope
Geneticist Arthur Riggs Dies at 82
Geneticist Arthur Riggs Dies at 82

His research paved the way for the development of synthetic insulin to treat diabetes.

His research paved the way for the development of synthetic insulin to treat diabetes.

ABOVE: City of Hope

synthetic biology

Toward COVID-19 Testing Any Time, Anywhere
Abby Olena | Sep 2, 2020
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.
Research Slated for Fall Will Stumble Without Undergraduates
Amanda Heidt | Aug 10, 2020
Junior faculty in particular may lose ground as undergrad students remain barred from university labs.
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 | Feb 25, 2022
John Glass describes why researchers constructed a synthetic unicellular organism and how it unravels the secrets of evolution.
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Opinion: Lab Work Under Isolation
Kate Adamala | Apr 9, 2020
Here’s how my group put our research on pause and how we’ve continued our work from home.
Image of the Day: Biomimetic Arteries
Amy Schleunes | Apr 6, 2020
A newly engineered synthetic blood vessel offers a novel platform for developing drugs that treat high blood pressure.
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Engineered Yeast Robots Destroy Inflammatory Molecules in an IBD Mouse Model
Roni Dengler, PhD | Aug 16, 2021
Scientists added a gene circuit that senses and neutralizes proinflammatory ATP to yeast, taking another step towards precision medicine.
Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle, Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020
Researchers are engineering microbes to deliver therapeutics specifically to tumors, maximizing the treatments’ efficacy while minimizing side effects.
Bacteria as Living Microrobots to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle, Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020
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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Could a Synthetic Probiotic Replace a Strict Diet for Patients with Phenylketonuria?
Roni Dengler, PhD | Aug 16, 2021
Synthetic biologists introduced an engineered microbe that may lead to new treatment options for phenylketonuria.
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Algorithm Designs Robots Using Frog Cells
Emma Yasinski | Jan 13, 2020
Scientists carve the shapes from piles of frog cells, like a sculptor building a statue.
Lab-Evolved E. coli Consume Carbon Dioxide
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019
Bacteria that take in inorganic carbon could have applications in sustainable biofuels.
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A New COVID-19 Spit Test Is as Easy as 1-2-3
Roni Dengler, PhD | Aug 16, 2021
A device smaller than two stacked decks of cards can reliably detect and discriminate between SARS-CoV-2 variants in spit in less than an hour with results that glow.
Infographic: Building an Artificial Chromosome
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2019
Integrating a specialized histone into large segments of transgenic DNA enables centromere formation.
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.
Manipulating the Microbiome to Manage Disease
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Tecan | May 28, 2021
Cammie Lesser will discuss how she turns a probiotic into a drug-delivering machine, while Andrew Y. Koh will describe the connection between the gut microbiota and cancer immunotherapy efficacy.
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.
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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.
Environmental Cues Keep CAR T Cells on Track
Aparna Nathan | May 25, 2021
Pairing CARs with a synthetic receptor makes T cells more lethal tumor killers.
Most Extensive Synthetic Genome Project to Date
Ashley P. Taylor | May 16, 2019
Study shows the viability of bacteria with human-made, recoded DNA.