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Synthetic Biology – News and Features

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Engineered Probiotics That Can Sense and Report Bowel Inflammation

Trust your gut? Your doctor likely will, too. Probiotics engineered to sense and report signs of bowel inflammation could deliver firsthand knowledge of your system’s inner workings.
A mathematical simulation of bacterial cell division.

Computational Simulation Explains a Key Mechanism of DNA Segregation

Researchers have developed a computational simulation that explains a key mechanism of DNA segregation. Their findings pave the way for experimental testing and reveal fundamental biochemical principles.
The molecular structure of a protein, shown as purple folds and helixes.

Deep Learning Improves Protein Design

A research team has used deep learning methods to support de novo protein design, resulting in a 10-fold increase in success rates for a protein binding with its target.
Image shows the design of a protein nanowire, with the green arrow indicating electron flow.

Pioneering Study Signals New Era of Environment-Friendly Programmable Bioelectronics

Researchers have developed a way to make conductive, biodegradable wires from designed proteins. They say that these wires have the potential for use in biosensors to diagnose diseases and detect environmental pollutants.
Wood chips.

Engineered Yeast Turn Agricultural Waste Into Biofuels and More

Researchers have developed modified yeast that can feed on a wider range of materials such as leaves, husks, stems and wood chips.
Gene edited DNA helix.

The Next 10 Years: What’s Coming for Gene Editing in the Clinic

The next 10 years will likely bring gene editing to market for an array of rare conditions. However, making the potential benefits broadly available won’t be without roadblocks. Here, we explore some of the issues the industry will have to contend with.
DNA strand.

Synthetic Biology: Engineering Meets Biology

Featuring expert academic insights, this article will outline recent research advancements in synthetic biology, including novel methods and applications.
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Industry Insight

You Have No Moat – The Great AI Democratization Spells New Challenges and Opportunities for SynBio Companies

This article examines the impact of the democratization of computational design and discusses how synthetic biology companies must shift focus if they are to remain competitive.
Sorghum crops with a blue sky in the background.

Mapping the Proteins That Keep Plant Growth in Check

A novel approach to synthetic biology could revolutionize how scientists improve plants for bioenergy and agriculture.
Synthetic DNA

Hachimoji DNA Could Help To Create New Biofuels

Quantum biologists have investigated how protons move in a synthetic form of DNA not yet found in natural life.