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…

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…

Should We Label GE Foods?

In Washington State, a new initiative I-522 or “ the People’s right to know Genetically Engineered Food Act” is causing quite a scare about GE foods among local consumers. There is a website now dedicated to the campaign, Yeson522, where readers can find all kinds of information on the “dangers” of “unnatural” genetically engineered foods.…

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.…