Synthetic biology
Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary branch of biology, combining disciplines such as biotechnology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, systems biology and biophysics, and is in many ways r...
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6-Letter DNA!
Scientists have created living bacteria with two extra letters of genetic code, nicknamed X, and Y for short. Help me make Sciencium: http://ve42.co/JoinUs F...
How to lure people put off by the freakiness of lab-made meat?
There's an effort afoot to change the the way people perceive high-tech versions of old-fashioned food—and it's happening far outside the laboratory. For years, food technology companies have referred...
Meat Makers: the artificial beef revolution
Can we improve on nature? The race is on to create man-made meat...
Experts Held a Secret Meeting to Consider Building a Human Genome From Scratch
Earlier this week, over a hundred scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs gathered to discuss the radical possibility of creating a synthetic human genome. Strangely, journalists were not invited, and ...
The Mysterious Thing About a Marvelous New Synthetic Cell
Scientists have created a bacterium with a minimal, life-sustaining genome, but they don’t know what a third of its genes do.
In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery
Scientists have created a synthetic organism that possesses only the genes it needs to survive. But they have no idea what roughly a third of those genes do.
Get Ready for the World’s First Cyborg Olympics
Michael McClellan flashes a thumbs-up sign as he speeds by on a recumbent tricycle, breathing hard but smiling behind dark sunglasses. He pedals along a paved path that loops through a leafy park in C...
Moon Ribas - The woman cyborg who can feel every earthquake in the world
When Moon Ribas performs, anticipation hangs heavy throughout the space. Dressed in all white, Ribas stands motionless with eyes closed as Brian Eno’s Lux fills the air. Suddenly, she gasps and convul...
Meet one of the world's most groundbreaking scientists
Zhang helped create two revolutionary genetic and neuroscience technologies. As a graduate student, he was a key member of the team that figured out how to light up neurons in the brain, allowing scie...
Stanford Engineers Create Artificial Skin That Can Send Pressure Sensation To Brain Cell
Stanford engineers have created a plastic "skin" that can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver this sensory input directly to a living brain cell. Zhenan Bao,...
Squid Inspires Camouflaging Smart Materials
The research team, from the University’s Department of Engineering Mathematics, have designed a smart materials system, inspired by biological chromatophores, which creates patterns that change and mo...
Nanotubes Make Synthetic Skin Feel Your Pain
Carbon nanotubes can conduct sensations through artificial skin back to the brain, making prosthetic limbs feel like the real thing. A nanotube like this one, delicately balanced on top of gold filame...
The Next Bioweapon May be a Text File
In 2011, at a meeting in Malta, Dutch scientist Ron Fouchier announced that he had created a particularly dangerous strain of the H5N1 flu virus using the tools of synthetic biology. Unlike all previo...
Stanford creates touch-sensitive, conductive, infinitely-self-healing synthetic skin
Stanford University material scientists have devised the first synthetic, plastic skin that is conductive, sensitive to touch, and capable of repeatedly self-healing at room temperature. The most imme...
Using 3D microdroplet printing scientists build synthetic cells and tissues
Chemists at Oxford developed a technique to print synthetic cell microdroplets into complex 3D geometries. These structure can bend, fold, and conduct electric signals through predefined pathways. Whi...
Biology's Brave New World
In May 2010, the richest, most powerful man in biotechnology made a new creature. J. Craig Venter and his private-company team started with DNA and constructed a novel genetic sequence of more than on...
Expanded genetic code
An expanded genetic code is an artificially modified genetic code in which one or more specific codons have been re-allocated to encode an amino acid that is not among the 20 encoded proteinogenic ami...
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Semi-biotic systems
Semi-biotic systems are systems that incorporate biologically derived components/modules – which could range from multi-protein complexes through DNA constructs to multi-cellular assemblies – and inte...
Synthetic genomics
Synthetic genomics is a nascent field of synthetic biology that uses aspects of genetic modification on pre-existing life forms with the intent of producing some product or desired behavior on the par...
Artificial cell
An artificial cell or minimal cell is an engineered particle that mimics one or many functions of a biological cell. The term does not refer to a specific physical entity, but rather to the idea that ...
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Artificial creation
Artificial Creation is a field of research that studies the primary synthesis of complex lifelike structures from primordial lifeless origins. The field bears some similarity to artificial life, but ...
Synthetic biological circuit
Synthetic biological circuits are an application of synthetic biology where biological parts inside a cell are designed to perform logical functions mimicking those observed in electronic circuits. Th...
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DNA computing
DNA computing is a branch of computing which uses DNA, biochemistry and molecular biology hardware, instead of the traditional silicon-based computer technologies. DNA computing, or, more generally, b...
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Biological computer
It is hypothesized that by using brain-to-brain interface (BTBI)s a biological computer, or brain-net, could be constructed using animal brains as its computational units. Initial exploratory work dem...
Non-cellular life
Non-cellular life is life that exists without a cellular structure. This term presumes the phylogenetic scientific classification of viruses as lifeforms, which is a controversial issue.Hypothesized a...
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BioBrick
BioBrick parts are DNA sequences which conform to a restriction-enzyme assembly standard. These Lego-like building blocks are used to design and assemble synthetic biological circuits, which would the...
Biopunk
Biopunk (a combination of "biotechnology" and "punk") is a technoprogressive movement advocating open access to genetic information.Biopunk hobbyists or biohackers experiment with DNA and other aspect...
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Mycoplasma laboratorium
Mycoplasma laboratorium is a planned partially synthetic species of bacterium derived from the genome of Mycoplasma genitalium. This effort in synthetic biology is being undertaken at the J. Craig Ven...
Registry of Standard Biological Parts
The Registry of Standard Biological Parts is a collection of genetic parts that are used in the assembly of systems and devices in synthetic biology. The registry was founded in 2003 at the Massachuse...