From Gizmodo: Why DARPA Is Investing Big in Gene Drives

A powerful and controversial new genetic engineering technology called a gene drive offers the potential to drastically reshape our world by overriding natural selection. And the US military’s research arm is among one of the technology’s biggest r…

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From Geek.com: The US Government Is Working on Spy-Plants

I don’t think I’ve seen a James Bond movie that used plants as flexible cameras or a secret recording device, but the government is hard at work making that a reality. Genetically modified […]
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From Geek.com: How About Maybe Don’t Hack Your DNA at Home

For whatever else we say about Silicon Valley, venture, and *shudder* “makerâ€� culture, it should come as no surprise that these folks are going down a really weird path. The spirit of hacking, […]
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From GeekWire: Scientists program semi-synthetic bacteria to create an ‘alien’ protein that glows green

Glowing E. coli bacteria
Researchers have reached a new milestone in their effort to expand the genetic alphabet of life by designing a strain of E. coli bacteria that creates proteins unlike anything cells can produce naturally. The technique, detailed in a paper published today in the journal Nature, could lead to the production of totally new types of protein-based medicines, plastics and biofuels. It could also stretch the definition of natural vs. artificial life. “I would not call this a new lifeform — but it’s the closest thing anyone has ever made,â€� study leader Floyd Romesberg, a biochemist at the Scripps Research Institute, said… Read More

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From Gizmodo: The Feds Are Officially Cracking Down on Basement Biohackers

The Food and Drug Agency has issued a stern warning to anyone who might be crazy enough to undertake gene therapy in the do-it-yourself fashion. Definitely don’t do this at home, a statement released on Tuesday implies. And if you do, we’ll throw e…

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From Gizmodo: Could the Whole CRISPR Patent Kerfuffle Have Been Completely Avoided?

For the better part of the last three years, the introduction of the most powerful gene editing technology ever invented has been marred by a nasty patent battle. The two groups of scientists involved, each contributing significantly to the future of g…

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From Gizmodo: Genetically Engineering the Natural World, it Turns Out, Could Be a Disaster 

For the native species of New Zealand, European settlement was particularly cruel. The country has no endemic land predators, so many of its birds evolved without the typical avian aptitude for flight. Then came Western settlers, and along with them ra…

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