CRISPR-Cas9 and Optogenetics Converge

Japanese researchers led by University of Tokyo chemist Moritoshi Sato have refined the CRISPR-Cas9 method by developing a light-activated Cas9 nuclease, a technological advancement that significantly improves scientists’ ability to hone in on target genes for research. Converging these two methods brings specificity on a new level, making for increased spatial and temporal control over…

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…

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…

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…

The RNA Folding Phenomenon

  Synthetic biology offers a variety of techniques for changing living beings for the benefit of mankind.  By changing the DNA sequence of a cell, it will produce novel proteins with unique functions.  However, there are limitations to the proteins which can be produced. One commonly recognized problem is that changes to the amino acid…

GetSynBio: The New Community Portal

GetSynBio is a new community portal for synthetic biology, which includes original interviews with the most interesting people in synthetic biology, as well as links to the most pertinent news stories, a huge list of related videos, an events timeline and a page publicizing the most interesting iGEM projects. Click here to visit the site.…