Tag Archives: Bioengineering

Turning a Natural Phenomenon into a Gene Editing Powerhouse: CRISPR Pioneer, Doudna, at Stanford’s Johnson Symposium

The CRISPR cake Last week, I celebrated my eighteenth birthday. My dorm threw me in the shower, per Stanford tradition, and baked me a cake. The cake was made of Rice Krispies Treats – a direct pun on one of my greatest interests in science: CRISPR. My fascination with CRISPR started when I was a freshman in high school, and

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DNA Synthesis Going Viral: Evaluating the Security of Dual-Use Biotechnology

In 2004, the United States passed legislation that made hundreds of researchers around the country guilty of a crime with consequences of up to $2,000,000 fines and a prison sentence of 25 years to life. What was that crime? Working with vaccinia—a live virus vaccine that essentially eradicated smallpox by 1980 and became the most widely used human immunization. While

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Rose-Bots: Fusing Plants and Electronics

Perhaps a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a rose equipped with an electronic circuit may provide much more than a sweet smell. At least, that’s what Magnus Berggren, a professor at Linköping University in Sweden, believes. In an unprecedented move, Berggren’s team of researchers, working at the university’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, has created electronic

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