Meet the Mighty Mussel

Mussels are delicious for lunch but when else can they do? MIT researchers led by Timothy Lu, as associate professor of biological engineering and EECS (electrical engineering and computer science), have created a way to develop waterproof adhesives stronger than anything found in nature. Previously, bacteria have been engineered to produce mussel foot proteins. Lu…

Genetic BFF's

Everyone has that one person with whom they share an indescribable bond of inside jokes, nicknames and traditions. This is your best friend, your crutch, and most importantly your “person”. Have you ever wondered why your friends are your friends? Nicholas Christakis states, “We prefer the company of people we resemble”. However, a recent study…

Onwards to the Bioeconomy

Big news from the world of synthetic biology! Pareto, an industry leader in molecular and enzyme design, has just partnered with DNA2.0, Inc., a well-known DNA synthesis and optimization company. Pereto hopes to accelerate the speed of protein design and synthesis using DNA 2.0’s proven engineering capacity.  The amalgamation of two major players with widely…

Vegans, Eat More Cheese

The art of creating cheese is a tale as old as time, dating back thousands of years. This tradition is changing because of a team of citizen scientists, bio-hackers, biotech-engineers, and computer scientists from the Bay area in San Francisco. According to the video and USA TODAY, 60% of adults are considered lactose intolerant. These…

A Worldwide Laboratory

A major stumbling block to the amateur or professional scientist is the lack of complex, expensive equipment with which to conduct experiments. Emerald Therapeutics aims to solve this issue with its new division, Emerald Cloud Lab. The company aims to democratize scientific experimentation by allowing scientists to design, conduct, and analyse experiments and experimental data…

CRISPR CasMINE

Imagine if somebody patented the book. Or a nut-and-bolt. This is how Tony Fong of Genome Web Daily news would compare the patenting the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, recently awarded to the Broad Institute. In the same way that any modern mechanics would be impossible without the use of basic tools, the future of cost-effective…

CRISPR engulfed in Intellectual Property debacle. What will this fight mean for the future of Synbio?

The United Kingdom’s Independent has released details of a debate amongst the originators of the CRISPR method of genome engineering continuing to rage this May. This battle for the monetary spoils of such a tremendous scientific advancement has gripped former colleagues at premier institutions on two continents. As the French team of Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier…

First Eukaryotic chromosome Synthesized

Instead of just copying nature, the team did extensive tinkering with their chromosome, deleting unwanted genes here and there. It then successfully incorporated the designer chromosome into living yeast cells, endowing them with new capabilities not found in naturally occurring yeast. The most familiar yeast is commonly referred to as brewers’ yeast, saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is a…

Silky Smooth

"However, gathering the silk from farm-raised spiders, which are territorial and cannibalistic, is not an option. Firms attempting to make spider silk synthetically have copied relevant genes from spiders and inserted them into organisms, such as Escherichia coli, that can express the protein. The protein, though, is complex, and producing silk that is as strong as nature’s…