Monthly Archives: June 2012

Expanding the genetic alphabet beyond ACGT?

June 9th, 2012 (No Comments)

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have published a study which suggests that expanding the genetic alphabet may be easier than previously thought. Check out their press release on the topic here , or the original scientific article here.  

DIY Biology Instructions #1: Extracting DNA

June 8th, 2012 (2 Comments)

In our first instalment of DIY Biology Instructions, we’re going to be looking at extracting DNA. This series of instructions will cover a number of interesting and easy biology/biotechnology techniques that you can do yourself – often with quite minimal amounts of lab equipment. Rather than reinvent the wheel, these articles seek to find and […]

BioCouture is Growing Clothing

June 8th, 2012 (3 Comments)

BioCouture (blog) is a research project which uses microbial produced cellulose to produce clothing. Their ultimate goal is to grow a dress in a vat of liquid. Is genetically engineered clothing the future of the industry? 

Congressional Hearing on the Ethics of Synthetic Biology

June 7th, 2012 (No Comments)

Gregory Karbnick is a researcher scholar at the Hasting Center who studies bioethics. In the following video he gives a brief testimony at the House Committee on Energy and Commerece in 2010. In this testimony he talks about the ethics of the field of Synthetic Biology. He divides the ethical issues into two categories: intrinsic […]

Juan Enriquez: Genomics, Energy, and Transhumanism

June 6th, 2012 (2 Comments)

Juan Enriquez is a well respected futurist – who specifically looks at biotechnology and its role in the future. He is the founding director of the Life Sciences Project at Harvard Business School, CEO of Biotechnomy LCC, and the writer of numerous influential articles. Over the past decade he has given four TED talks, covering different […]