Scientists claim breakthrough in taming genetically modified E.coli bacteria

by jeeg 22. January 2015 20:32
  Scientists have come up with a way to make genetically modified bacteria incapable of running wild in the natural world, according to two reports published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The secret is to make these microbes dependent on artificial food — synthetic amino acids that ... [More]

Biofuel Tools Applied to Household Soaps

by jeeg 30. May 2014 20:33
      Consumer products containing ingredients made using an advanced form of engineering known as synthetic biology are beginning to show up more often on grocery and department store shelves. A liquid laundry detergent made by Ecover, a Belgian company that makes “... [More]

Synthetic-biology firms shift focus

by jeeg 30. January 2014 22:09
Plain old vanilla doesn’t impress Neil Goldsmith, chief executive of Evolva, a synthetic-biology company based in Reinach, Switzerland. This year, his company will release a product that has been created by genetically modified yeast that converts sugars to vanillin. It will be the first... [More]

Glowing Plants: Crowdsourced Genetic Engineering Project Ignites Controversy

by jeeg 11. June 2013 23:18
In April three biohackers from a California Do-It-Yourself biology lab, BioCurious, posted a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource their plan to bioengineer a glowing plant. They asked for $65,000. But by the close of their campaign at midnight on Thursday, June 6, they had raised a remarkable... [More]

A Dream of Trees Aglow at Night

by jeeg 8. May 2013 21:32
  Hoping to give new meaning to the term “natural light,” a small group of biotechnology hobbyists and entrepreneurs has started a project to develop plants that glow, potentially leading the way for trees that can replace electric streetlamps and potted flowers luminous enough... [More]

The First Book To Be Encoded in DNA

by jeeg 21. August 2012 21:16
Despite the fact there are 70 billion copies of it in existence, very few people have actually read the book Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves in DNA, by George Church and Ed Regis. The reason? It is written in the basic building blocks of life: Deoxyribonucleic aci... [More]

White House Promotes a Bioeconomy

by jeeg 26. April 2012 19:01
The Obama administration is expected to announce a broad plan on Thursday to foster development of the nation’s “bioeconomy,” including the use of renewable resources and biological manufacturing methods. The National Bioeconomy Blueprint, as the plan is called, discusses... [More]

Lab Fight Raises U.S. Security Issues

by jeeg 28. October 2011 19:45
Synthetic biology — which includes the development of fuels, organ tissue and tumor-destroying bacteria — became a focus of government and law enforcement agencies after 9/11 and the anthrax attacks that quickly followed it. The field’s “extraordinary promise,” a ... [More]

Could Berkeley Lab Bring Health Risks?

by jeeg 16. August 2011 21:20
While issues relating to job creation and environmental impacts of building have dominated the debates around proposed lab sites for the much discussed LBNL lab expansion, scrutiny around the type of research actually to be conducted at the lab has been minimal at best. I am very con... [More]

Is Craig Venter going to save the planet? Or is this more hype from one of America’s most controversial scientists?

by jeeg 11. August 2011 23:20
In a pristine white greenhouse in La Jolla, Calif., maverick molecular biologist Craig Venter is showing off tubs of dark green goop that might help rescue the planet. Winter sunlight streams through the glass roof onto rows of long, white troughs filled with algae and seawater. A little wate... [More]
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