Here’s A Quick Way To Start Hacking Biology Using Synthetic Biology Tools

Here’s A Quick Way To Start Hacking Biology Using Synthetic Biology Tools

Biotech Without Borders is a Brooklyn-based non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to democratizing the practice of biotechnology for useful and peaceful purposes in order to benefit humankind and the planet.  According to the organization, “We believe that engaging the end users- all of us– in biotech through actual participation is the best way to ensure … Read more

Sean Parker Dumps Facebook’s Negative Network Effects For Synthetic Biology Cancer Cures

Sean Parker Dumps Facebook’s Negative Network Effects For Synthetic Biology Cancer Cures

In 2015, Sean Parker announced a $600 million personal contribution to launch the Parker Foundation. The organization focuses on three areas: Life Sciences, Global Public Health and Civic Engagement. Soon thereafter, Parker donated $250 million by way of a grant from the Parker Foundation to create the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in 2016. People … Read more

Here Is NSF’s Solicitation For Semiconductor Synthetic Biology For Information Storage And Retrieval

Here Is NSF’s Solicitation For Semiconductor Synthetic Biology For Information Storage And Retrieval

The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and Materials Research (DMR) announces a follow-up solicitation on the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Storage and Retrieval Program (SemiSynBio-II). Future ultra-low energy storage-based computing systems can be built on … Read more

Team Builds the First Xenobot

Team Builds the First Xenobot

A team of scientists at University of Vermont has repurposed living cells—scraped from frog embryos—and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These millimeter-wide “xenobots” can move toward a target, perhaps pick up a payload (like a medicine that needs to be carried to a specific place inside a patient)—and heal themselves after being cut. “These … Read more

What Is Synthetic Biology?

What Is Synthetic Biology?

Synthetic biology is an emerging field of science and engineering that defies a simple definition. It is a field of science that involves redesigning organisms for useful purposes by engineering them to have new abilities. Synthetic biology researchers and companies around the world are harnessing the power of nature to solve problems in medicine, manufacturing … Read more

How Gene Therapy Works

How Gene Therapy Works

The genes in your body’s cells play an important role in your health — indeed, a defective gene or genes can make you sick. Recognizing this, scientists have been working for decades on ways to modify genes or replace faulty genes with healthy ones to treat, cure or prevent a disease or medical condition. Now … Read more

FDA Approves First PARP Inhibitor For Treatment Of Pancreatic Cancer

FDA Approves First PARP Inhibitor For Treatment Of Pancreatic Cancer

In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved olaparib (Lynparza) for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with germline BRCA-mutated metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma whose disease has not progressed on at least 16 weeks of a first-line platinum-based chemotherapy regimen, according to AstraZeneca and Merck. The agent is now the only PARP inhibitor approved for … Read more

Here’s How The FDA Developed Rules For Therapeutic Cloning and Genome Modification

Here’s How The FDA Developed Rules For Therapeutic Cloning and Genome Modification

The rapid advances over the past few decades in biotechnologies involving somatic cells and gene therapy offer a great potential in regenerative medicine and for the treatment of genetic defects. These advances require an understanding of scientific principles as well as ethical and societal implications before these technologies can be clinically applicable. Somatic Nuclear Transfer … Read more