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Synthetic Life

A long-standing challenge in synthetic biology has been to create gene circuits that behave in predictable and robust ways. Mathematical modeling...
An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, PhD, director of NYU Langone Medical Center's Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized...
Researchers at Virginia Tech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to...
Engineers like to make things that work, and if one wants to make something work using nanoscale components—the size of proteins, antibodies, and...
A University of California, Riverside assistant professor of engineering is among a group of researchers that have made important discoveries...
Craig Venter describes 2014 goals for digitizing life and designing the most basic living cell in Industrial Biotechnology Journal. "Life is a DNA...
Synthetic polymers coating a nanoparticle surface can recognize specific molecules just like an antibody. MIT chemical engineers have developed a...
Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know... In the 1999 sci-fi film...
One of the open problems in artificial life discussed by bedau, et. al. (Bedau et. al., 2000) is the establishment of ethical principles for...
There are risks and benefits attached to the new science of synthetic biology. The concept of creating whole new life forms from artificial material...

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