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Synthetic Biology – News and Features

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News

CRISPR Technology Used To Edit Photosynthesis for the First Time

A team from the Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) has produced an increase in gene expression in a food crop by changing its upstream regulatory DNA.
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Industry Insight

Navigating the Complexities of Single-Cell Research

The advent of single-cell analysis has marked a transformative era in the life sciences, particularly in the field of drug development. To delve deeper into the subject, Technology Networks spoke with Dr. Nora Fekete-Drimusz, head of biology at ARRALYZE. We discuss the transformative impact of single-cell analysis on life science research and explore how ARRALYZE's multifunctional single-cell platform can support those working in this area.
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Industry Insight

SLAS Europe 2024 New Product Award: Top Contenders Announced

Finalists for the New Product Award at the SLAS Europe conference showcase cutting-edge innovations in life sciences, evaluated on technical merit, commercial feasibility, originality, impact and market opportunity. Here, we take a look at the six nominees and the products competing for this year’s award.
Synthetic biologists inserted genes from the soap bark tree and other organisms into yeast to create a biosynthetic pathway for building a complex molecule called QS-21, a powerful adjuvant used in vaccines. The chemical structure of QS-21 is in the background.
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Vaccine Adjuvant Made in Yeast Could Lower Costs and Boost Availability

Many vaccines, including the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, contain adjuvants that stimulate the immune system to mount a stronger defense. Producing one such adjuvant in yeast promises to make it less expensive and more widely available.
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Programmable Living Materials Created Using Synthetic Biology and 3D Printing

Scientists are harnessing cells to make new materials that can grow, repair themselves and even respond to their environment.
The bacteria grown and dyed wallet.
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Plastic-Free Vegan Leather That Dyes Itself Grown From Bacteria

In recent years, scientists and companies have started using microbes to grow sustainable textiles or to make dyes for industry – but this is the first time bacteria have been engineered to produce a material and its own pigment simultaneously.
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Protein Evolution Research Could Open Path to Drug Diversity

Many important medicines, such as antibiotics and anticancer drugs, are derived from natural products from Bacteria. By exploring protein evolution, a team has found new "fusion sites" that enable faster and more targeted drug development.
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News

Transforming Wood Waste for Sustainable Manufacturing

Lignin is an abundant byproduct of paper manufacturing that could be broken down to form compounds usually sourced from petroleum, reports a new study.
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News

Scientists Engineer a New Mold-Burger

Despite the unappealing origins of the fake meat, burgers derived from different fungi species have become supermarket staples in recent years thanks to rising consumer interest in environmental sustainability and meat-free lifestyles.
A prototype electronic sensor.
News

Discovery Could Pave the Way for Universal Automated Drug Discovery

Rice University synthetic biologists have found a way to piggyback on the glucose monitoring technology used in automated insulin dosing systems and make it universally applicable for the monitoring and dosing of virtually any drug.
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