Experience the New Plasmid Viewer

Enhance Your Website with the Plasmid Viewer Add-On The emergence of synthetic biology, and the ability to search for and research specific DNA sequences online, is very important for the advancement of the field of genetic engineering. However, with the current structure of most websites, it can be a headache just reading and trying to…

Escaping Regulation: Gene Editing in Bio-Agriculture Companies

Bio-agriculture companies are using technical loopholes to avoid regulations by utilizing new methods for gene editing. Since 1986, the Agriculture Department (AD), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration share the oversight of crops. Usually GMOs fall under the jurisdiction of the AD, which is responsible for protecting American crops from plant pests.…

General Mills Debate over GMOs

    General Mills Inc. struck down a proposal to ban GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) as ingredients from all their brands last week at their annual shareholder meeting. A resounding 98 percent of shareholders voted against a companywide ban. The definitive decision comes as somewhat of a surprise because of the company’s recent removal of…

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…

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…

synthetic biology

Microbial Assassins

The human body is a pathogen killing machine. We have an incredibly developed immune system containing a variety of cells capable of binding and “killing” foreign bacterial cells. Our bodies are in constant contact with bacteria in the air, water, and soil. In fact, the human body contains roughly 10x more bacterial cells than human…

synthetic biology, water biolofy

Quenching the Water Crisis

Nearly a billion people around the world do not have access to clean and safe water with the majority of those people residing in developing countries. The water crisis in third world countries is severe – more than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all of those deaths, 99 percent, occur…

Truth About Yeast

In a world with self-driving cars and 3-D printers, technology is advancing every single day, impacting our society and the way we live.  We are constantly working to defeat our competition – striving to create products with improved efficiency and effectiveness. However, with a successful product, the challenge lies in the ability to feed growing…