synthetic biology
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.
Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells
Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells
Abby Olena | Nov 13, 2017
A team has engineered two stem cell lines into “synthetic T cells” that destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. 
Puzzle Me This
Puzzle Me This
Mary Beth Aberlin | Oct 1, 2017
Looking at words on many different levels
Designer DNA
Designer DNA
Rachel Berkowitz | Oct 1, 2017
Computational tools for mapping out synthetic nucleic acids
Watch This Biofilm
Watch This Biofilm
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.
Synthetic Stem Cells Regenerate Heart Tissue in Mice
Synthetic Stem Cells Regenerate Heart Tissue in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2017
These engineered “cells” were made from the secretions and membranes of human mesenchymal stem cells.