Trends related to Synthetic Biology

Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Profiling

Researchers are developing a new technique that might someday enable us to upgrade our children before they’re born.

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Super-Fast Molecule Discovery

Synthetic biology is being used to discover and produce molecules on demand. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and the MIT-Broad Institute Foundry tested whether […]

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Designer Cells

Researchers had previously developed artificial cells that come very close to the real thing, but last year, scientists at the University of California-San Diego discovered a […]

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Molecular Robotics

A team of scientists at Arizona State University and Harvard University created single-stranded DNA—which is capable of self-folding into origami-like shapes. It turns out that RNA […]

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Building Full Chromosomes

The Human Genome Project-read (HGP-read)—an initiative to sequence the human genome and to improve the technology and costs associated with sequencing DNA—wrapped up in 2004. But […]

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Creating Synthetic Wombs

In an experiment at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, researchers successfully printed and implanted synthetic ovaries in mice that resulted in a successful pregnancy.

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Synthetic Age Reversal

Last year, synthetic biologist George Church and a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute combined three different gene therapies related to cellular decay into a single compound […]

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