: ' genetic engineering'

Vector NTI Vs Genome Compiler

By Yael Lederman Everyday, biologists seek simple answers to life’s most complex questions. But getting from point A to point B can be a painstaking process. Software, a way to organize the chaos into simple, easy-to-use [...]

Bacteria Factories

A new study conducted at the Wyss institute at Harvard has discovered a way to design bacteria cells to produce specific types and amounts of chemicals by modifying a bacteria’s genome. This study builds on other [...]

Creating the Perfect Christmas Tree

Ever spent hours looking for that perfect Christmas tree? Despite the careful choosing, sometimes our tree ends up drying up and losing its needles too early, begging the question of whether it was worth it to [...]

Cellectis Plant Sciences and the Two Blades Foundations Announced a Cross-License Agreement

Cellectis plant sciences and the Two Blades Foundations (2Blades), two organizations with a common mission of developing techniques to improve the quality of crops, have announced a cross-license agreement of their TAL nuclease technologies. TALEN Technology™ [...]

SNAIL Gene Responsible for Aggressive Cancer Cells

Scientists at Georgia Institute recently published a study on the way cancer cells spread which may give the scientific community insights on how to treat aggressive forms of cancer. The team isolated the SNAIL gene responsible [...]

Enzymes Created from XNA

It’s hard to imagine what life on other planets looks like. When you watch Star Wars and see strange looking aliens it is unbelievable that beings so different from us could actually exist, yet a recent [...]

UCSF-UCB iGEM Team: The Importance of Collaboration

A majority of iGEM teams consists of undergraduate and graduate students yet one team equips themselves with high school students and has no trouble competing. This year the UC-San Francisco, UC-Berkeley (UCSF-UCB) and Abraham Lincoln High [...]

Professor King Chow: How to Transform your Students

King Chow, a professor of Life Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and developmental biologist at heart, became interested in synthetic biology fifteen years ago as articles became published in the [...]

Implementing Foreign Quorum Sensing Systems into E. Coli with Galen Gao

When he isn’t splitting his time between classes, water polo and planning Hogwart’s styled theme parties Galen Gao, a junior at Caltech, makes time to conduct synthetic biology research and has just finished competing in the [...]

What Was the European Commission Thinking?

Last week the newly appointed President of the European Commission (EC), Jean-Claude Juncker, decided to not reappoint Anne Glover to Chief Scientific Advisor to the EC and trash the position all together. Critics of Glover did [...]

New Genome Editing Technique Better than CRISPR/Cas9

A new method of genome editing may be superior to the CRISPR/Cas9 technique. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine were able to cure mice with hemophilia by inserting a missing gene that expresses for a [...]