Synthetic biology is quickly moving towards a future where genomes can be engineered-to-order, with researchers using this discipline to better define the minimal set of genes required for a living … Continue Reading Living artificial life constructed using human DNA.
Recent progress in synthetic biology offers the potential to optimize the production of virtually any compound, as well as the development of previously unknown ones. Engineered synthetic biological systems are … Continue Reading Intelligent cells improve production of pharmaceutical raw materials.
Technologies are quickly advancing the way they store information in computers, CDs, DVDs, and even DNA. Despite these advancements, threats as simple as water and as complex as cyber-attacks can … Continue Reading Basic biological molecules used to store data, doesn’t use DNA.
In biology, cells sense and process many environmental inputs. These inputs are then processed to produce outputs, such as development, differentiation, or immune responses modulated via the regulation of specific … Continue Reading CRISPR used to develop first biosynthetic dual-core cell computer.
Cellular metabolism is the sum of all chemical changes occurring in living organisms in order to maintain life, including the synthesis of new molecules, and the breakdown and removal of … Continue Reading Researchers induce artificial metabolism in synthetic DNA.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease designated a global public health concern, with more than two billion people at risk. For most people Zika manifests as a mild infection, … Continue Reading Synthetic antibody protects mice and monkeys from Zika.
Computing using DNA relies on information being encoded very concisely onto the base pair sequence joining strands, making DNA a focus of attention for very high-density molecular memories, however, the … Continue Reading Reprogrammable self-assembling DNA computer developed.
DNA computing is a form of synthetic biology using DNA and biotechnical hardware on the nano-scale to store data and compute information. As the makeup of all organisms on earth … Continue Reading Synthetic cells use DNA computers to communicate and compute data.
The neurons of the human brain are widely assumed to be encoded within a constant genome, with set genetic variant products and functions for neuronal networks. Somatic gene recombination, known … Continue Reading DNA recombination identified in brain cells, linked to Alzheimer’s.
The origins of life on earth have been a fascination for researchers and the public alike for many years. To date, researchers have traced the arc of life back several … Continue Reading Synthetic microorganisms allow researchers to study billion-year-old evolutionary mysteries.
Olfactory receptors (ORs) are expressed in the olfactory epithelium of the nose to detect common odorants in the environment, they have also been mapped outside of the olfactory system in … Continue Reading Researchers begin big push in ‘crucial’ research of extranasal olfactory receptors.
Synthetic biology involves the fabrication of previously non-existent biological components and systems, consisting of quickly manufactured DNA sequences assembled into new genomes. The main goal of synthetic biology is the … Continue Reading Synthetic tissues build and regenerate themselves.
Under a microscope, it can be difficult to tell the difference between any two neurons, the cells in our brain responsible for storing and processing information. The mammalian brain contains … Continue Reading New technique identifies previously unknown human neurons.
DNA is the primary information storage medium in all living organisms and can be harnessed to act as synthetic cellular memory devices, one such DNA-based system harnessed for many different … Continue Reading The world’s smallest tape recorder is built from microbes.
Robots are an important type of molecular machine capable of automatically carrying out complex nanomechanical tasks. DNA molecules are excellent materials for building molecular robots as their geometric, thermodynamic, and … Continue Reading First autonomous cargo-sorting DNA nanobot developed.
Telomeres are our own personal inbuilt clock found at the end of chromosomes dictating how and when we age, with these protective caps ensuring no damage comes to the DNA … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown telomere-specific protein.