The hype and possibilities of machines that dream of Nobels.
Genetic engineering as a foundational technology.
I’m ending the weekly newsletter to make time for deeper pieces.
Ten research papers that shaped the year in biology and biotechnology.
It’s hard to “program biology” because cells are packed tighter than a family reunion at your grandmother’s single-story home.
We’ve made incredible strides in health, medicine, and food over the last fifty years. Many of our greatest leaps were borne by biotechnology.
A new study marks the first time that the cocaine biosynthesis pathway, native to coca leaves, has been ported into another plant.
More than 6,000 different viruses encode a CRISPR system. So when you hear about Cas9 and Cas12 and Cas13 and CasX, don’t stand with your mouth agape, amazed at humankind’s ingenuity in finding variants of the same thing.
Engineered proteins, tuned to respond to different light levels, control gene expression in bacteria and mammalian cells.
Microbial biosensors detect water contaminants in 3 minutes.