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Watch This Biofilm
Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.
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.
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
Erin Hare | May 22, 2017
Genetically engineered "disco bacteria" sense and respond to different colors of light, creating both stunning art in the culture dish and new possibilities for synthetic biology.
Mice Successfully Reproduce with 3-D Printed Ovaries
Bob Grant | May 16, 2017
Researchers have constructed prosthetic female reproductive organs and implanted them in mice, some of which conceived and gave birth to live young.
Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 9, 2017
Members of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have synthesized five additional yeast chromosomes from scratch.
Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2017
Nonliving cells developed in the lab can communicate chemically with living bacteria, according to a study.
Discovering Novel Antibiotics
Sandeep Ravindran | Feb 1, 2017
Three methods identify and activate silent bacterial gene clusters to uncover new drugs
Improved Semisynthetic Organism Created
Abby Olena | Jan 23, 2017
Researchers generate an organism that can replicate artificial base pairs indefinitely.
Top Technical Advances 2016
Kerry Grens | Dec 15, 2016
The year’s most impressive achievements include methods to watch translation in cells, trace cell fates, avoid mitochondrial mutations, edit DNA, and build antibiotics from scratch.
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2016
Engineered circuits detect endogenous transcription factors to drive cellular outputs.